Applications are not being accepted at this time
The Bioethics Initiative fellowship program will be tailored to each individual fellow based upon previous training and experience as well as future goals. The curriculum will include advanced topics in health care ethics, research ethics and equity in health care. Candidates will learn how to integrate their previously mastered skills with other scholarly approaches to produce multi-dimensional analyses of bioethical research problems. Clinical observation is required.
Completion of a degree compatible with the goals of the program from an accredited institution is required. A doctorate degree is preferred.
Fellows must observe in the clinical setting with a clinical ethicist, Integrated Ethics faculty member, or Ethics Consultation Committee member. Integrated Ethics and clinical observation hours total 20% of time. Observation opportunities include:
- Intensive care unit (ICU) medical rounds
- ICU multidisciplinary rounds, hospitalist multidisciplinary rounds
- Institutional Review Board (IRB) scientific studies and behavioral studies
- Observation of an ethics consult
- Stem cell transplant and lymphoma nursing ethics rounds and journal clubs, Breast Medical Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) Ethics
- Clinical Cancer Genetics Multidisciplinary Patient Conference: Breast cancer and atypical breast hyperplasia or gastrointestinal cancer
- Other possible rotations: pediatrics, palliative care and thoracic medicine
Integrated Ethics faculty will arrange for fellows to spend 2-4 hours observing ethics and patient care from a specific discipline in the following units:
- Breast Medical Oncology
- Chaplaincy & Pastoral Education
- International Center
- Pain Management Center
- Patient Advocacy
- Social Work: inpatient and outpatient
- Volunteer Services
Criteria for the internships and fellowships are identical except for the educational and professional experience preferences. Ideal candidates for the internship or fellowship should have the following qualities:
- Training in a discipline compatible with basic, clinical, or behavioral research or with health care ethics
- Adherence to the diversity of the Bioethics Initiative for Equity in Health Care and Research track
- Fit with the research program of the Bioethics Initiative for Equity in Health Care and Research
- Previous clinical and/or clinical research experience (abstracts, publications, awards)
- An interest in a career in multidisciplinary clinical research or health care ethics
- Interest in studying health differences and disparities or health in historically underserved populations
The internship requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, but master's level training and professional experience is preferred.
The fellowship requires a degree compatible with the goals of our program from an accredited Institution. A doctorate is preferred.
How to Apply
Applications for the Bioethics fellowship are accepted through MD Anderson’s DISCOVER System. Access requires a password that is generated when the applicant creates an account on the DISCOVER System. To request access to DISCOVER, contact the program manager below. A resume should accompany the request.
On-site interviews will be conducted for top candidates. MD Anderson will pay for travel, lodging and meals for the interview.
The following application materials are required:
- Official transcripts (must be original, in a sealed envelope)
- Three letters of recommendation from diverse individuals (e.g., employer, professor, academic advisor, someone able to attest to the applicant's character) stating length of time and capacity in which the individual has known applicant and why both the applicant and the Integrated Ethics Service at MD Anderson Cancer Center would benefit from the applicant’s participation
- Current curriculum vitae, including list of publications
- Letter of intent that covers the following topics:
- Why the applicant is interested in the fellowship
- Personal traits that make the applicant well-suited for the fellowship
- Experiences that have prepared applicant for the fellowship
- Potential research area(s)
- A one- to two-page description and discussion of a current ethical issue that the applicant has confronted personally or finds particularly challenging
Submit application materials to:
Integrated Ethics, Unit 1430
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
PO Box 304102
Houston, TX 77230-1402