Interprofessional Ethics Fellowship

                     Barbara Glidewell, MBS                                            Robert Potter, MD, PhD
                          Barbara Glidewell, MBS                                                        Robert Potter, MD, PhD  
                            Administrative Director                                                             Curriculum Director

To be considered for the program, all applicants must comple the Fellowship Application. Applicants who are chosen for the program are reviewed by the the Center for Ethics in Healthcare (CFE) Interprofessional Fellowship Development Committee, the Teaching Interprofessional Ethics (TIE) Team, and then by the CFE Executive Committee on the following criteria:
  • Interest and/or passion in ethics education. Prior exposure to ethics activities or issues is advantageous;
  • Projected contribution to the mission areas of OHSU. Longevity in position at OHSU;
  • Leadership potential;
  • Approval from supervisor/director to participate in the program, as well as approval to participate in Center for Ethics events/activities during regular work hours;
  • Represents diversity of educational unit, hospital discipline or focus area;
  • Evidence of engagement in inter-professional education or activity.

Year I

Prior to starting the Fall term, all Year I Fellows are required to attend an intensive, one-week bioethics healthcare seminar at the University of Washington during the first week of August. This annual seminar is an interactive introduction to the four-box method of analysis of ethical problems in clinical ethics, developed by Jonsen, Siegler, and Winslade in their book Clinical Ethics. Lectures are designed to familiarize participants with basic definitions and arguments in each of the major topics of clinical ethics. In addition, the seminar aims to provide participants with skills and information sufficient to enable them to make competent ethical decisions in clinical situations and to assist others in doing so. Hence, careful attention is paid to methods of case analysis and to discussion of cases. Seminar registration fees and lodging will be paid for by the Interprofessional Ethics Fellowship program. After successful completion of the University of Washington Bioethics Seminar, fellows participate in the core curriculum directed by OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care faculty. Two Monday evenings per month from 5 to 7 pm, are devoted to lectures, discussion of cases, and presentation of papers written by Fellows.  The curriculum is focused on ethics issues encountered in the healthcare environment.  Fellows are also expected to participate in Ethics Center events as they are granted release time (e.g. Bioethics Study Group, Senior Clinicians' Seminar, Kinsman Conference, Statewide Palliative Care Conference, Friends of Center luncheon, Madeline Brill Nelson Speakers Series). The Fellowship Program evaluation of each Fellow depends on successful completion of the curriculum requirements of six papers and participation in group discussions.

Year II

In the second year, a mentor is chosen by each Fellow. Mentors have the defined responsibility of assisting the Fellow with a project. Each fellow is expected to attend one Monday meeting a month from 5 to 7 pm. Year II Fellows choose a path of interest that is focused on a practical ethics project appropriate for their professional environment. Year II Fellows are dedicated to designing, implementing, and evaluating that project. Additionally, participation in core events hosted by the CFE is expected and work release time should considered (e.g. Bioethics Study Group, Senior Clinicians' Seminar, Kinsman Conference, Statewide Palliative Care Conference, Friends of Center luncheon, Madeline Brill Nelson Speakers Series).

The Fellowship Development Committee observes performance and recommends certification to the TIE Team.  The TIE Team then provides a recommendation to the CFE Executive Committee for approval and consideration of the future role of each fellow. 

For further information please contact the Curriculum Director, Robert Potter, MD, PhD, the Administrative Director, Barbara Glidewell, MBS, or Joel Nava, Fellowship Coordinator, at the Center for Ethics in Health Care at or call the Center at 503-494-4466.