Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics

 

Overview

The UW School of Medicine Department of Bioethics & Humanities offers a fee-based flexible distance learning program to provide advanced training in healthcare ethics. The Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics (ATHE) program provides students with foundational knowledge and skills to broaden their competency in patient care, clinical ethics, and ethics consultation.

More Information

  • Program Director: Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS, Professor and Chair; Chief, UW Medicine Ethics Consultation Service
  • Guided by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Core Competencies for Healthcare Ethics Consultation
  • Convenient for clinicians and full-time professionals
  • Three online distance learning courses in healthcare ethics:
    • Theory:  Moral theories used to solve the toughest clinical cases
    • Law:  Key legal and ethical issues in healthcare ethics
    • Methods:  Methods for case analysis and writing effective chart notes
  • Summer Seminar in Healthcare EthicsA five-day continuing medical education (CME) course in Seattle, held annually in late July/early August.

The curriculum includes three distance-learning courses (12 credit hours) and a one-week CME course, the Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics. Courses are designed to develop clinical ethics and ethical reasoning skills. Training can be completed in one academic year, plus the one-week Summer Seminar.  Each distance learning course is 10 weeks. Each course requires several hours of online instruction and several hours of independent preparation and study/week.

Our online courses are flexible:

  1. Courses are asynchronous, meaning the class does not “meet” in real time. Weekly online coursework can be completed when it's convenient for you.

  2. You can complete the assigned material any time during the week, according to your schedule. On rare occasions, we may try to have everyone online at the same time. If/when this happens we will work with students to find a time that works with everyone’s schedules.

  3. You may take just one or two one of the online courses if you do not want to complete the full program.  Please fill out the application form and indicate which course you want to take and why.  Upon admission, pay non-refundable application fee & tuition.

  4. You may take online courses over a period of several years, if that works better for you. Likewise Summer Seminar can be taken before or after the online coursework, even a year or two later if that works best for you.

  5. To see if you’d like to purse ATHE, you are invited to take the Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics in Seattle. Reserve a spot at www.uwcme.org. Registration opens annually in the spring.

 

AUTUMN Course in Healthcare Ethics (equivalent of 4 credit hours; $1,000/credit hour)
Ethical Theory
This course studies important historical theoretical frameworks that are the foundation of modern medical ethics, as well as contemporary commentary. September – December. 
Instructor: Nancy Jecker, PhD

Tuition due September 10 each year. We will send a link to the course website upon payment of tuition and no later than 1 week prior to the first day of class.

WINTER Course in Healthcare Ethics (equivalent of 4 credit hours; $1,000/credit hour)
Law
This course examines the relationship between bioethics and law. Analysis of paradigm legal and ethics cases and statutes related to informed consent, foregoing life support, confidentiality, and allocation of health care resources. January – March. 
Instructors: Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS, and Patricia Kuszler, MD, JD 

Tuition due January 1 each year.  We will send a link to the course website upon payment of tuition and no later than 1 week prior to the first day of class.

SPRING Course in Healthcare Ethics (equivalent of 4 credit hours; $1,000/credit hour)
Consultation Methods
This course offers case-based practice in clinical ethics including methods of ethical analysis and writing ethics consultation chart notes. March – June. 
Instructor: Georgina Campelia, PhD

Tuition due March 1 each year. We will send a link to the course website upon payment of tuition and no later than 1 week prior to the first day of class.

SUMMER SEMINAR in AUGUST (30+ Continuing Education credits; approx. $1000)
The Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics is a one-week in-person course held annually at the University of Washington in Seattle.  The seminar provides an intensive, interactive introduction to the analysis of ethical problems in clinical care.  This is a CME course and is not eligible for tuition exemption. For more information on CME credits, please visit www.uwcme.org.

We review applications on a rolling basis.  The application deadline for Autumn program entry is SEPTEMBER 1, 2019. Applications received after 9/1/19 will be reviewed for the Autumn 2020 entry.

  1. Complete the Admission Application and submit the completed form to hlthethx@uw.edu. If you do not want to complete all 3 courses, please indicate which courses you’d like to take.  If you later decide to take more courses, you will not need to apply again.

  2. Ask two people to provide professional letters of reference.  Please ask your referees to review the information about the certificate program on this webpage. Referees should complete Confidential Reference Letter form, and submit it to hlthethx@uw.edu.

Fees for the Advanced Training Program are $4,000 per course ($1,000 per credit hour) for 12 credit hours total. Registration for Summer Seminar is a separate fee. If you are a UW employee and your department will cover your certificate fees by paying with a UW budget number, you will receive a 20% discount ($3,200 per 4 credit hour course).

A certificate of completion is awarded by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities (not the UW Graduate School). The department verifies completion of the three-course series, and satisfactory completion of all certificate requirements.

Who should apply for this program?

  • Participants who possess strong writing, critical thinking and verbal communication skills. GRE scores are not required.

  • Professionals in healthcare, including physicians, nurses, clergy, social workers, clinical ethics consultants, and members of ethics committees.

I’m interested in learning more.  How will I know whether this program is right for me? 

  • Contact us. We’ll be happy to talk to you about Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics [is this a link? Inlcude email]

I just finished college and want to apply to medical school. Is this program right for me?

  • Not yet. While we encourage you to pursue your interest in Bioethics during medical school, this program is not intended as an introduction to bioethics. This training is better suited to professionals already working in healthcare.

I am a UW employee or trainee.  May I use UW’s Tuition Exemption to cover the fees?

  • No, this program is not tuition-based and therefore not eligible for tuition exemption.

For information about ATHE, please contact Margaret Mitchell, Education Programs Specialist, at hlthethx@uw.edu.

For more information about healthcare ethics and certification, visit The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.  The Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) program is the first-ever certification program that identifies and assesses a national standard for the professional practice of clinical healthcare ethics consulting. Established by the HCEC Certification Commission, the HEC-C credential endorses your knowledge of key concepts in healthcare ethics and affirms your expertise, competence, and skillset.