Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes start and end?

The next class starts are September 24, 2012 and January 23, 2012.  The classes vary in length.   The faculty will place reading materials, assignments and discussion on Sakai, an e-learning educational environment.  Faculty will communicate and respond to the coursework through that environment.  

What are the schedule and/or timings of the classes? Would I be able to use this as education time from my unit?

The majorities of the courses are online and can be completed at your timing.  You would need to discuss the second part of these questions with your unit supervision. 

I just want to clarify is the certification program online or a mixed delivery method?

The program will largely be online coursework.  All trainees will be assigned at least one mentor.  The trainees must complete a project and a practicum.  Both of those are not online activities.  If you would like more detailed information about the types of projects and when/how you can accomplish your practicum, it might be good to include Dr. Gallagher in the discussion.
The practicum is one that the trainee will design based on his/her current work and most of it can be done as part of his/her work so the time commitment away from his/her usual work is minimized. If the trainee is an employee of MD Anderson, we would likely suggest that his/her project for the practicum be approved as a work project by his/her supervisor.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program can be done on a full-time basis in about ten months but can be done over two years.

What are the uses for a Certificate in Clinical Ethics?

There are several ways dependent on your profession. As a physician in private practice and having privileges in a hospital it gives one more tools to work with challenging patients and with hospital administration when challenges arise. It assists if you want to be a member of an ethics committee.
Nurses can focus their learning by selecting the nursing electives. This will assist in care delivery and participating in planning and implementing patient plans of care.
Attorneys who are looking to work with  hospitals or nursing homes as an ethics consultant it makes getting those positions a bit easier. For other positions the benefits are a bit different.
At MD Anderson, the Certificate in Clinical Ethics will be included in the Educational Activity Report for faculty promotion purposes.

Is there still space available for new students?  

YES. New classes begin every six months.

I am currently a full time student to finish my master’s degree.  Can I take the Certificate in Clinical Ethics while complete being a full time student?

Yes, theoretically, a person could do the coursework while studying for a degree. However, it is recommended that you not over commit or add distractions when studying for a degree. We encourage completing one before the other. We have internships that can be done as part of a master’s degree if you wish to discuss that as an idea.

How does this program differ from other ethics programs in the area?

The primary focus is on Applied Clinical Ethics at the Nation’s Leading Cancer Center. The curriculum is blended delivery with flexibility to meet the needs of trainees.  Each trainee will have at least one mentor during their training program.  Trainees who are local will have the opportunity to rotate and observe with multidisciplinary teams at MD Anderson.


Certificate Program starts September 24, 2012

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