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Department of Pediatrics

Bioethics Fellowship

Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics Mission

To improve the lives of children and their families by enhancing ethical deliberation in pediatric healthcare and research.

Overview

We are committed to training clinicians for academic careers in bioethics to ensure that the next generation of scholars, teachers and consultants are able engage in pediatric bioethics issues, and to encourage medical students and residents to consider careers in bioethics.

The Pediatric Bioethics Fellowship Program is a two-year program that trains physicians in bioethics with an emphasis on pediatrics issues in the clinical and research arenas. The goal of the fellowship is to prepare fellows for academic careers with an emphasis on scholarship in pediatric bioethics. Fellows will conduct an independent research project, participate in clinical consultations and will be expected to enroll in a master's program.

The program is sponsored by the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s, and the Division of Bioethics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Fellows will benefit from collaborations with the University of Washington Department of Bioethics and Humanities, School of Medicine and School of Public Health.

Please download our program flyer (PDF).

Curriculum

The goal of the Pediatric Bioethics Fellowship is to prepare clinicians for academic careers with an emphasis on scholarship in pediatric bioethics. The bioethics fellowship may be done in conjunction with subspecialty fellow training.

Fellowship program activities include:

Scholarly Activities

Mentored research projects and presentations at professional meetings.

Educational Activities

Weekly seminars, visiting professor lectures and an annual pediatric bioethics conference. Seminars and lectures through the University of Washington Department of Bioethics and Humanities and the School of Public Health.

Consultation Activities

Seattle Children's Hospital Ethics Committee and clinical and research ethics consultation services.

Teaching Activities

Lectures and case-based group discussions for medical students and house staff.

Clinical Activities

Patient care opportunities on inpatient units or ambulatory care clinics at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Candidates must plan to engage in pediatric clinical care and/or research. Clinical training may be in pediatrics or other pediatrics-related areas, such as anesthesia, genetics, psychiatry, radiology or surgery. This fellowship can be pursued concurrently with subspecialty training, and we welcome individuals who are already engaged in subspecialty training at Seattle Children's.

Fellows who do not have prior advanced training in empirical research methodology (i.e. MPH or PhD) will be encouraged to enroll in the master's program in bioethics or public health at the University of Washington. Tuition for coursework will be provided. For more information, please see the Center's website.

Core Training Sites

Seattle Children's Hospital & Adolescent Medicine Clinic at Springbrook

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Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children's Hospital is both a community hospital for greater Seattle and the pediatric referral center for the Northwest providing excellent pediatric care to meet the medical, surgical and developmental needs of children in the WWAMI region. Serving as the main clinical training site for pediatric residents, this 420-bed hospital is conveniently located one and one-half miles from the University of Washington campus in an attractive, residential neighborhood of Seattle. The staff consists of University faculty and Seattle Children's full-time physicians, as well as private practicing physicians from the Seattle area.

Other sites include Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Harborview Medical Center, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the University of Washington Medical Center.

Division Chief

Benjamin S Wilfond, MD

Professor Division Chief; Director, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics

Fellowship Director

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

Professor Education Director, Pediatric Bioethics

Faculty

Jonna D. Clark, MD, MA

Associate Professor

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

Professor Education Director, Pediatric Bioethics

Denise M. Dudzinski, PHD, MTS

Professor & Chair of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities Adjunct Professor in the School of Law

Katherine Ruth Gentry, MD

Assistant Professor Department of Anesthesia

Ross M. Hays, MD, MPH

Adjunct Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine

Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics Adjunct Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Humanities

Abby R. Rosenberg, MD, MS, MA

Associate Professor, Division of Hematology-Oncology Associate Professor, Division of Bioethics and Palliative Care Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

Jeffrey Sconyers

Senior Lecturer, Health Services Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Pediatrics

Aaron G. Wightman, MD, MA

Associate Professor, Division of Bioethics Department of Pediatrics University of Washington School of Medicine

Fellows and Alumni

  • Jeanne Krick, MD, MA
  • Jessica Jeavons, JD, MA
  • Emily Berkman, MD, MA
  • Tyler Tate, MD, MA
  • Daniel Benedetti, MD
  • Jennifer Cobelli Kett, MD, MA
  • Aaron G. Wightman, MD, MA
  • Jessica M. Turnbull, MD, MA
  • Jennifer S. Guon, JD, MA
  • Jonna Derbenwick Clark, MD, MA
  • Susanne Martin-Herz, MD, MS
  • Mitzi L. Murray, MD, MA
  • Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH

How to Apply

Requirements

Interested candidates should submit an application online and mail a curriculum vitae, a personal statement about career and research interests, a writing sample and three letters of reference (submitted directly).  Due to funding constraints, we are only able to accept individuals who have US citizenship or permanent resident status. We are not able to have candidates with J-1 or other visas.

For individuals currently enrolled in clinical fellowships at Seattle Children's or the University of Washington, we offer the opportunity to explore creative ways to combine the primary clinical fellowship with components of our bioethics fellowship. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact Dr. Diekema at the address shown below.

Timeline

The application deadline is September 15, 2019 for the Fellowship beginning July 2020.

Applications should be sent to:

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
Director of Education
Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics
Seattle Children's Research Institute
1900 Ninth Avenue, JMB-6
Seattle, WA 98101

For more information, please see the Center's website.

Contact

Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics
Seattle Children's Research Institute
1900 9th Ave., JMB-6
Seattle, WA 98101
bioethics@seattlechildrens.org