The UW School of Medicine, Department of Bioethics & Humanities, offers an online program to provide advanced training in healthcare ethics (ATHE). ATHE students gain foundational knowledge and skills to broaden their competency in clinical ethics and ethics consultation. The program consists of three online courses in ethical theory, clinical & organizational ethics consultation, and ethics consultation methods (for 18 Continuing Medical Education credits) and one week-long Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics* (approximately 30 CME credits). Students are welcome to take individual courses for unofficial transcripts. The ATHE program is awarded by the department and does not result in UW transcripted credits.
The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities offers a Healthcare Ethics Consulting Certification (HEC-C). The Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics (ATHE) curriculum can help students prepare for the HEC-C exam. Our instructors are not only faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine, two are practicing clinical ethicists at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Case discussion combined with strong grounding in ethical principles and methods, forms the foundation of our curriculum. Our program will give you rigorous practical instruction in ethics consultation.
July 31-August 4, 2023: Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics
September 15, 2023: application deadline for course one
September 27-December 8: course one, ATHE: Ethical Theory with Dr. Nancy Jecker
December 15, 2023: application deadline for course two
January 3-March 8, 2024: course two, ATHE: Clinical and Organizational Ethics with Dr. Denise Dudzinski
March 15, 2024: application deadline for course three
March 25-May 31, 2024: course three, ATHE: Healthcare Ethics: Methods with Dr. Gina Campelia
August 7-10, 2024 (TBC): Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics
The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Online Courses in ATHE Ethical Theory; Clinical & Organizational Ethics Consultation; and Healthcare Ethics: Methods
The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this other activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019, 2020, and 2021 cohorts will receive two certificates: one upon the completion of the three online courses and another upon the completion of the courses plus Summer Seminar. If you have already completed participation in a past Summer Seminar, you will have already earned that certificate, and you are not required to repeat it as part of ATHE.