Scientia Medica Continuet (medicine and science, a continuum) emblem located over the entrance of the OHSU Auditorium


The Center for Ethics in Health Care is the foundation for a number of critical programs at OHSU, several of which have become a national model.  Each program plays an essential role at OHSU and in the community in creating an environment for teaching, research and patient care that espouses the highest ethical standards.

Ethics Consult Service (ECS).  Health care professionals address the challenging ethical issues that confront patients, families and their care team through education, policy development and consultation.

Institutional Ethics Committee (OIEC).  Ethics Center faculty serves OHSU's Institutional Ethics Committee to address organizational ethics issues that have significant effect on clinical care, research and system administration.

Interprofessional Ethics Fellowship This 2-year certificate program is offered to select OHSU professionals to increase knowledge of ethical theory, enhance bioethical awareness, and improve ethical decision-making.

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Paradig(POLST). Initiative. This nationally recognized program began in Oregon in 1990 to help honor patient preferences for life-sustaining treatments.