Professional Education and Clinical Services
The Center offers ethics education to healthcare professionals, students and ethics committee volunteers.
All health professionals face ethical issues in their work with patients, families, and colleagues. The Center offers health ethics education to healthcare professionals, medical students, university faculty and members of the community. Our educational offerings are aimed at increasing patient satisfaction, improving health outcomes, enhancing productivity, stewarding resources, improving morale, preparing for accreditation, addressing compliance, sustaining corporate integrity and promoting an ethics-rich workplace.
Ethics Direct and Ethics+ Services
Only about 5% of health professionals across the country report having received formal clinical ethics training. Many report being unprepared for situations citing lack of access to credentialed healthcare ethics consultants and resources. Ethics committees – typically comprised of all volunteers with insufficient training – report the need for outside expert help to assist them at the institutional role.
The Center offers TWO OPTIONS to help your organization in filling the ethics gap. Ethics Direct services include ethics committee education and resources through participation in the regional Ethics Committee Consortium, a multi-institutional professional training group committed to high functioning ethics committees devoted to internal education, policy development and clinical consultation. Ethics+ includes Ethics Direct services plus real-time access to credentialed bioethics consultants prepared to assist or perform case reviews, grand rounds, mediation, and counseling, or conduct face-to-face meetings.
Ethics Committee Consortium
The Consortium is a collaborative effort of more than 40 organizations comprising some 500 members learning together about clinical and public health ethics. As a Consortium member, your individual ethics committee volunteers receive monthly invitations to webinars and workshops through the Ethics Dispatch email. “Hot Topics” featured in the Dispatch include case studies and ethical musings for learners of all skill levels.
While Consortium membership is primarily institutionally based, individuals may also join the Consortium personally for as little as $5 per month to support the Center’s work in this area.
Whether you seek to start a medical ethics committee, educate and strengthen an existing group, or implement a clinical ethics consultation service, medical ethics one-day workshops are a place to start.
Immersive ethics consultation workshops include interactive lectures and case discussions. Participants improve skills in identifying and analyzing clinical ethics issues, as well as learning the steps in conducting a clinical ethics consultation and documenting in a patient chart. These skills, in turn, enhance the committee’s structure and discussion to improve policy review and system wide education.
Medical Student Education
Bioethics education for medical students and other health professions and clinicians are also available from the Center.
At Kansas City University, Center staff teach medical ethics to students working on their DO degrees and those seeking a dual degree with a master’s in Bioethics. Mentoring dual degree in clinical bioethics during their 4th year clinical rotations is also available
At the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Center has been involved in ethics leadership, education and consultation for more than three decades. Currently, these services include teaching in the Department of History and Philosophy, co-directing the Clendening Summer Fellowship and research electives for medical students, serving as faculty mentor and principal investigator for student research projects, providing ethics education for physician residency and fellowship programs, co-chairing the Hospital Ethics Committee, and directing the hospital’s Ethics Consultation Service.