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The overarching goal of the Bioethics Initiative for Equity in Health Care and Research is to develop a diverse, multidisciplinary workforce capable of translating research findings into evidence-based policies and practices for improving health care and research equity among racial and ethnic populations in Texas, the nation and the world.
The internship project is a joint effort between researchers in the Department of Health Disparities Research and the Section for Integrated Ethics in Cancer Care in the Department of Critical Care.
The bioethics course that is part of the bioethics internship is an introduction to the field of bioethics, with a primary focus on its application in the clinical setting. It is not possible to discuss each topic exhaustively in one semester. Introducing students to some of the more common topics of discussion, debate, and practice equips them with a basic knowledge and allows students to continue with further study or training.
In this didactic course, students learn to identify and use major ethical theories (e.g., teleology/deontology); central moral principles (e.g., respect for autonomy); and approaches to problem solving and decision-making (e.g., principlism, ethics of care, casuistry). This background knowledge will be used in the analysis of ethical problems in the health care field. Topics will be addressed through lecture/presentation, videos, and handouts. Class discussions will be based on the readings, hypothetical and real clinical cases and student responses.
Required text: Jonsen, A. Bioethics Beyond the Headlines: Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides? Landham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.
Weekly readings: Class presentations and discussions will be linked to assigned reading.
Case study: Students will be given a case to analyze based on what has been discussed in class. Students will be asked to identify the ethical issues present in the case and to make recommendations on how to resolve the dilemma. This paper should be three to four pages.
Project: Interns will be assigned to work with a member of the MD Anderson faculty on a research project that fits with the student’s interests and background. The intern will be expected to produce a publishable paper that addresses the ethical implications of the broader research topic studied.
Final: The final will be an in-class presentation, during which the intern will discuss his or her clinical experience and research project.
Interns 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 15% of time (72 hours). Observation opportunities include:
- Intensive care unit (ICU) medical rounds, ICU multidisciplinary rounds, hospitalist multidisciplinary rounds
- Institutional Review Board (IRB) scientific studies and behavioral studies
- Stem cell transplant nursing ethics and journal club, lymphoma nursing ethics and journal club, 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 include pediatrics, palliative care and thoracic medicine
Integrated Ethics faculty will arrange for interns to spend 2-4 hours observing 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
How to Apply
Applications for the Bioethics Initiative internship are accepted through MD Anderson’s DISCOVER System. Access to this system requires a password. To request creation of an account, please contact Karen Terrell at 713-745-8445 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A curriculum vitae or résumé is required.
Submit application materials to:
Integrated Ethics, Unit 1430
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
PO Box 304102
Houston, TX 77230-1402