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Clinical Ethics Consultation Online Summer 2020 Course

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About the Clinical Ethics Consultation Online Summer 2020 Course

This course will introduce students to the nature of ethics consultation in a healthcare system, with an emphasis on frequently-encountered clinical ethics issues that lead to requests for ethics consultation.   Students will be exposed to ethics consultation skills and procedural approaches as well as to the nature and work of ethics consultation services and ethics committees.  The course will address the knowledge base that is typically required in conducting ethics consultation and that also reflects the current ASBH certification process for healthcare ethics consultants.   Students will explore ethics consultation referral pathways, how ethics consultants work with other services (e.g. palliative care, pastoral care, risk management, quality improvement, etc.); and communication challenges that are encountered and skills that ethicists frequently utilize when they converse with patients, family members, and colleagues in complex cases.

This graduate course will be taught remotely with synchronous online class sessions (Wednesdays, 3pm-6pm EST) with the first class on May 20 and the last class on August 5. 

Suitability for a Range of Students & Working Professionals

While the course is offered as part of Emory’s MA in Bioethics program, as a standalone elective it is also suitable for a range of other students.  This course is available to students seeking graduate degrees at Emory or other universities, non-degree seeking students and working professionals (including faculty and staff in all of Emory’s Schools).  Because it is a graduate course, anyone applying to take this course must have previously completed at least a bachelor’s degree.  Students who are not currently pursuing a graduate degree at Emory University will need to apply to be non-degree seeking students in special standing with the Laney Graduate School.

For those seeking graduate degrees at Emory, it is important that you discuss this course’s suitability to meet your degree requirements with your academic advisor and/or director of graduate studies.  This is a three credit hour course that counts as an elective in the MA in Bioethics program.  The MA in Bioethics program is not responsible for the degree requirements of other programs at Emory.

For those seeking degrees at non-Emory universities, it is important that you discuss this course’s suitability to meet the degree requirements from your home university.  Emory University is not responsible for the degree requirements of other universities. 

For those not seeking a degree at Emory, the tuition rates are determined by the Laney Graduate School.  The Laney Graduate School charges $2,378 per credit hour.  As the course is three credit hours, the tuition costs $7,134.  Students who successfully complete this standalone course may apply to transfer these 3 credit hours to the MA in Bioethics program should they later apply to and be admitted to the MA in Bioethics program.  The MA in Bioethics program requires 30 credit hours of coursework for completion. 

For Emory faculty and staff, the tuition costs for this course may be covered by the Emory Courtesy Scholarship.  For more information, please visit https://hr.emory.edu/eu/benefits/faculty-staff/courtesy-scholarship/index.html and contact HR. 

In order to apply to take this course without being an Emory MA in Bioethics degree student, you will have to apply as a non-degree Laney Graduate School student, details here: http://www.graduateschool.emory.edu/admissions/non-degree/. For the Summer 2020 term, the non-degree student enrollment deadline has been extended from May 12 to May 19, 2020.  There will be no further extensions.  To take advantage of this extended deadline, you must email mabioethics@emory.edu as soon as possible to receive written approval of your enrollment, and be ready to complete your entire non-degree student application online (including having a copy of a previous academic transcript) on May 19, 2020.  

Students who successfully complete this standalone course may apply to transfer credits to the MA in Bioethics program should they later apply to and be admitted to the MA in Bioethics program.

For more information about this course, please email: mabioethics@emory.edu.

Meet the Course Leaders

Banja Headshot John Banja is Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and a medical ethicist who serves on the Emory University Hospital Ethics Committee. He also directs the Section on Ethics in Research and Participant Advocacy of the Atlanta Clinical Translation Science Institute at Emory.  
kinlaw.jpg Kathy Kinlaw is Associate Director of the Emory University Center for Ethics where she directs the Center's Program in Health, Science, and Ethics; and Lead Ethicist at Emory Healthcare. She serves as Chair, Emory University Hospital Ethics Committee; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine; and Director of the Healthcare Ethics Consortium, a network of healthcare systems in the Southeast.