Fellowship Overview

Center for Humanism and Ethics in Surgical Specialties (CHESS) at Washington University in Saint Louis


Fellowship Description

The Fellowship in Surgical Ethics is a one-year, part-time academic program for professionals in the surgical field with an interest in understanding the complexities of the intersection of medical ethics with the clinical practice of surgery. The fellowship provides a broad foundation in the history, philosophy, and modern practice of bioethics through lectures and seminars constructed around landmark bioethics publications. Essential features of the fellowship are its practical clinical application and mentorship for research. Over the course of the year, fellows develop the skills to perform clinical ethics consultations and are expected to complete a publication-intended manuscript in surgical ethics with the guidance of our faculty. Fellows meet as a group three times a month as well as individually with mentors as needed. They participate in teaching undergraduates, medical students, residents, and/or the St. Louis community, and shadow clinical ethics consultations based on availability. A clinical ethics consult competency examination is required for graduation.

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