Do Clinical Ethics Fellowships Prepare Trainees for Their First Jobs? A National Survey of Former Clinical Ethics Fellows

Robert M. Guerin, Douglas S. Diekema, Sabahat Hizlan, and Kathryn L. Weise




Clinical ethics consultants provide a range of services in hospital settings and in teaching environments. Training to achieve the skills needed to meet the expectations of employers comes in various forms, ranging from on-the-job training to formal fellowship training programs. We surveyed graduates of clinical ethics fellowships to evaluate their self-reported preparedness for their first job after fellowship training. The results indicated several areas of need, including greater exposure to program-building skills, quality improvement skills, and approaches to working with members of higher administration. These data will be of use to educators as well as to fellows who advocate for elements of training in preparation for their first position.


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