Bioethics Initiative for Equity
in Health Care and Research

Bioethics Tree LogoWelcome to the Bioethics Initiative for Equity in Health Care and Research. Created by a collaboration between the Department of Health Disparities Research and the Section of Integrated Ethics in Cancer Care, the initiative aims to develop a corps of diverse, multidisciplinary professionals trained in bioethics, particularly those interested in broadening enrollment of racial and ethnic minorities in clinical trials. 

The aims of the Bioethics Initiative are to: 

  • Develop an institutionally linked but free-standing program dedicated to promoting research and training for racial and ethnic minorities in bioethics
  • Advance and increase the number of women and underrepresented ethnic and racial groups in the bioethics academic field
  • Address the underrepresentation of minorities in clinical trials by developing nontraditional methods to build trust in the health care system

Program In Brief

The Bioethics Initiative offers internship and fellowship opportunities in research with highly specialized training in bioethics. Both programs have didactic and clinical components. The program expects to support two fellows and eight interns during the funded period. The initiative’s Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee is drawn from the community; clinical, basic and behavioral research; educational institutions; and bioethics departments in the Texas Medical Center.

Research Internship: This track requires a commitment to a research project for one semester. Other requirements include completing 48 hours of clinical observation, attending 20 hours of ethics class, and participating in other educational opportunities.

Research Fellowship: This track requires 40 hours per week for four semesters (15 months). Integrated Ethics and clinical observation hours total 20% of time.

This initiative is supported by the National Institutes of Health, contract #1 RC2 MD004764-01.