Overview

The University of Utah Division of General Internal Medicine/Medical Ethics and Humanities is currently recruiting a Clinician Educator/Clinical Ethicist at the main campus location.

The University of Utah is seeking a physician with training in Internal Medicine as a Clinical Educator and Clinical Ethicist to lead clinical ethics activities for the Department of Internal Medicine, the University of Utah and University Hospital. This new position will be supported at 50% FTE from the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine/Medical Ethics and Humanities Program and 50% through clinical activities. The individual will have an MD or DO degree, be board certified in Internal Medicine, and have formal training in bioethics. Preferably, the individual will have 5 or more years of experience as a clinician in a tertiary care center and extensive experience with clinical ethics consultations and ethics committee work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Clinical Educator: Four half days of ambulatory practice with opportunities to teach third and fourth- year medical students and internal medicine residents
  • Ethics consultation: Consultations will be conducted in collaboration with the University Hospital Ethics Committee. The clinical ethicist will conduct many of the consultations and support the development, education, and training of other faculty and staff to conduct ethics consultations.
  • Clinical ethics teaching: The clinical ethicist will develop, conduct, and promote teaching for clinical faculty and staff at University Hospital on a variety of ethical, legal, and policy issues.
  • Policy Development and Review. An important function for ethics committees is to develop policies that have significant ethical content (e.g., DNAR policies, advance directives, transplant issues, etc.). The clinical ethicist will assist the Ethics Committee, Hospital and School of Medicine administrations in developing and/or reviewing relevant policies.
  • Research. Depending on the extent of the recruit’s clinical responsibilities and career goals, an active research portfolio could be supported.

The Program of Medical Ethics and Humanities (PMEH) was founded 30 years ago in the Department of Internal Medicine. The Program currently consists of 12 faculty members from across the University campus who have primary appointments in the Departments of Philosophy, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, and the College of Law. The PMEH is heavily involved in the education and research missions of the University of Utah, including courses and programs for residents, medical students, graduate students, faculty and staff across the campus. Our faculty have national and international reputations for expertise in domains that are critical to the educational, research, and clinical missions of the University of Utah including research ethics, end-of-life care, health law, health system privacy, the medical humanities, pediatric ethics, and the ethical and legal issues in genetic technologies.

The Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah advances health through excellence in each of their core domains: education, patient care, and discovery, through inspiring engaged faculty, encouraging innovative thinking, and building collaborative partners. The Department is comprised of 14 unique divisions including General Internal Medicine (DGIM) and Epidemiology and offers a host of fellowship and postdoctoral opportunities.

University of Utah Health is the Mountain West’s only academic health care system, combining excellence in patient care, the latest in medical research, and teaching to provide leading-edge medicine in a caring and personal setting. University of Utah Health (U of U Health) has 527 hospital beds, more than 1,300 staffed physicians and 11 community clinics across the Wasatch Front. In the last year, U of U Health Hospital has admitted 22,831 patients, provided more than 10,000 inpatient surgeries and 15,000 outpatient surgeries, and logged over 40,000 Emergency Department visits.

The system provides care for Utahns and residents of five surrounding states in a referral area encompassing more than 10 percent of the continental United States. Whether it’s for routine care or highly specialized treatment in orthopedics, stroke, ophthalmology, cancer, radiology, fertility, cardiology, genetic-related diseases, organ transplant, or more than 200 other medical specialties, University of Utah Health offers the latest technology and advancements, including some services available nowhere else in the region.

As part of that system, U of U Health relies on more than 1,400 board-certified physicians and more than 5,000 health care professionals who staff four hospitals.

The U of U Health is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

Please apply with Curriculum Vitae here: http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/72154

Inquires or request for additional information may be sent to:

Jeffrey R. Botkin, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Pediatrics, c/o

Enrique Gonzalez at Enrique.gonzalez@hsc.utah.edu