Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics (ATHE)

Overview 

The UW School of Medicine, Department of Bioethics & Humanities, offers a hybrid program to provide advanced training in healthcare ethics. ATHE students gain foundational knowledge and skills to broaden their competency in patient cases, clinical ethics, and ethics consultation. The program consists of three online courses in theory, law, and methods (for 18 Continuing Medical Education credits) and one week-long, in-person Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics (approximately 29 CME credits). Students are welcome to take individual courses for unofficial transcripts. The ATHE program does not result in UW transcripted credits. 

 

2020-21 Calendar

September 7, 2020: applications due
September 22, 2020: course one payment due
September 30 - December 11, 2020: course one, ATHE: Theory
December 31, 2020: course two payment due
January 4 - March 12, 2021: course two, ATHE: Law
March 21, 2021: course three payment due
March 29 - June 4, 2021: course three, ATHE: Methods
June 15, 2021: Summer Seminar payment due
August 2 - 6, 2021 (TBC): Summer Seminar

 

University of Washington Continuing Medical Education  

 

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 Theory, Law, and Methods: 

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this other activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

Summer Seminar

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.

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 (3 CME credits) 
      September 30 - December 11, 2020
    • Law: Key legal and ethical issues in healthcare ethics (5 CME credits) 
      January 4 - March 12, 2021
    • Methods: Methods for case analysis and writing effective chart notes (10 CME credits) 
      March 29 - June 4, 2021

       

  • Summer Seminar in Healthcare EthicsA five-day continuing medical education (CME) course in Seattle, held annually in late July/early August. (appx 29 CME credits) 

The curriculum includes three online courses (18 CME credits) and one week-long, in-person Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics (appx 29 CME credits). 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. Students may take individual courses for an unofficial transcript; the ATHE program and Summer Seminar do not result in transcripted UW credits. 

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 and 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.

  6. You will need a Gmail account to participate. Accounts can be obtained here: https://mail.google.com

Tuition payments are due 1 week in advance of the first day of the course, and upon payment of tuition, you will receive the link to the course website.

AUTUMN Course in Healthcare Ethics (6 CME credits)
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

WINTER Course in Healthcare Ethics (6 CME credits)
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 

SPRING Course in Healthcare Ethics (6 CME credits)
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

SUMMER SEMINAR in AUGUST (appx. 29 CME credits; appx. $1000)
The Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics is a week-long, 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.

Apply now for the 2020-21 program!

 

Deadline: September 7, 2020 

Requirements

  1. Application Form 
    If you do not want to complete all three 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. Two References
    Ask two people who are familiar with your professional accomplishments and potential to complete the Reference Form. Please ask your referees to review the information about the certificate program on this webpage. 

Typically, to receive the ATHE certificate, you must complete three online courses and a five-day residential Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics. Due to Covid-19, the 2019 and 2020 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. The department verifies completion of the three-course series and satisfactory completion of all certificate requirements. You may take individual courses and/or the Summer Seminar if you wish. If you are a UW employee and your department will pay your fees with a UW budget number, you will receive a discount. 

 

Payment deadlines 

  • September 22, 2020: course one payment ($3500 / UW discount: $3200) 
  • December 31, 2020: course two payment ($3500 / UW discount: $3200) 
  • March 21, 2021: course three payment ($3500 / UW discount: $3200) 
  • June 15, 2021: early bird payment for Summer Seminar ($1049* / $949*, depending on credentials) 

    We are not offering scholarships at this time. 

 

Fees: Three Online Courses (12 Credits)

Payment Fee/Course Fee/Credit Hour Total for 3 Courses Payment Method
2020 Discount $3500 $875 $10,500 Credit or check
UW Discount $3200 $800 $9600 UW budget number

 

    Fees: Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics (subject to change)

    Credentials Seminar Fees before 6/15 Seminar Fees after 6/15   
    MD/DO/JD/PhD $1,049* $1,099*  
    All others $949* $999*  

     

     

     

     

    University of Washington Continuing Medical Education  

     

    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 Theory, Law, and Methods: The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this other activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

     

    Summer SeminarThe 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.

     

    We understand that some students would like CME credits in addition to the certificate they receive after completion of the three online courses. Based on CME rules, however, a fraction of the hours spent in our courses qualify for CME credits. The amount of CME credit awarded is based on the amount of enduring material, in this case, hours of recorded lectures by faculty members for each course. You are welcome to claim the CME credits if you wish. 

     

    CME credits may be awarded upon request after successful completion of each online course: 
     

    ATHE: Theory – 3 CME credit hours
    ATHE: Law – 5 CME credit hours
    ATHE: Methods – 10 CME credit hours
     

    The instructor will determine whether the student has successfully completed each course, evidenced by weekly written assignments. 

    Who should apply for this program?

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

    • Clinicians who need Continuing Medical Education credits. 

    • 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 at hlthethx@uw.edu. We’ll be happy to talk to you about Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics.

    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.

    What are the technology requirments for participation? 

    For information about ATHE, please contact Melissa Cox, 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.