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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics

 

OverviewCertificate Programs 

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics is designed for working health care professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, patient advocates and patient representatives, risk managers, hospital administrators, health care attorneys, and others. The goal of the educational program is simple: to provide the student with the tools to help build the best possible strategies for managing the ethical issues that arise almost daily in a rapidly changing and increasingly challenging health care system.

 

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Program, students will be able to analyze clinical ethics issues and cases, participate more fully in ethics committee activities and in clinical ethics consultation services, and help develop institutional policies related to ethics issues in health care settings.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Curriculum

The curriculum is grounded in the educational core competencies of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). The program consists of three online courses and one on-site course. The three online courses—Fundamentals in Clinical Ethics (AMBI 503), Law and Bioethics (AMBI 505), and the Online Practicum in Clinical Ethics (AMBI 603)—are preparatory courses that focus on bedside clinical ethics. The on-site course—Onsite Clinical Ethics Capstone (AMBI 604)—allows for practical training in clinical ethics skills in an intensive eight-day seminar at Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York. During the Capstone, students participate in competency-based interview and discussion scenarios that are simulated with standardized patients to enhance communication skills and in conversations with practicing clinicians about ethics issues that present in patient care. The competency-based interviews and discussions are offered through the Upstate New York Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center at Albany Medical Center.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Tuition

Tuition for graduate courses offered through the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical Center is currently $2,500 per 3-credit course. The total tuition for the four courses required for the Certificate in Clinical Ethics Program is $10,000. Starting in the fall 2014 term, tuition will be increased to $2,575 per 3-credit course, thus raising the total program cost to $10,300. Travel expenses associated with attending the on-site course are not included in the tuition.

Additional Information

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics who wish to continue their bioethics education, can apply these credits to the Master of Science in Bioethics with either the Concentration in General Bioethics or Concentration in Clinical Ethics Consultation.

For additional information about the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics, please contact our Coordinator of Graduate Studies at bioethics@mail.amc.edu or 518-262-2639.

 

Virtual Fellowship: Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation is designed for working health care professionals who are established as clinical ethics champions or hold clinical ethics leadership positions at their local institutions. As with the Certificate in Clinical Ethics Program, the working health care professionals who consider enrolling are physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, patient advocates and patient representatives, risk managers, hospital administrators, health care attorneys, and others.

To distinguish this advanced program from the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics, this advanced program is referred to as the AMBI virtual clinical ethics fellowship. Typically the working professionals who participate in this program are serving as leaders or members of their home institution’s ethics committee and are already engaged in providing clinical ethics consultation services as part of the hospital’s ethics committee or team.

Educational Objectives

Two of the principal goals for students participating in this advanced training program are to: (1) become better qualified to provide clinical ethics consultation services as an individual consultant and (2) help elevate the local ethics committee to the next level of expertise and service. The AMBI virtual fellowship is designed to help those interested in offering clinical ethics consultation services to obtain more structured training in the skills core competencies for health care ethics consultation of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).

As a prerequisite to participation in the AMBI virtual fellowship program, students must have completed a program that provides sufficient training in the ASBH educational core competencies (similar to the AMBI Certificate in Clinical Ethics) and have administrative support to participate in providing clinical ethics consultation services at their home institution.

Virtual Fellowship: Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Curriculum

The curriculum is grounded in the skills core competencies of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). The program consists of four online courses and one on-site course.

Four courses are ten-week, structured online experiences to provide in depth exposure to those advanced materials and cases that allow students to develop comprehensive skills and competency as an individual clinical ethics consultant. The four course titles and broad topic areas are:

Neonates, Infants, Children, Adolescents (AMBI 712)
Adults With Decision Making Capacity (AMBI 710)
Adults Without Decision Making Capacity (AMBI 711)
Special Situations and Vulnerable Populations (AMBI 713)

These four courses each have four components: (1) A weekly online forum to discuss assigned advanced readings; (2) Opportunity to develop a relevant topical or case-based PowerPoint presentation; (3) Opportunity to review and critique a home institutional policy dealing with an ethics issue; and (4) Opportunity for one-on-one distance faculty and local coaching and mentorship of on site clinical ethics consultations. One of the objectives in completing the course series is to allow students the opportunity to develop a sufficient portfolio of mentored consultation cases to demonstrate ASBH educational and skills core competencies at the advanced level. One may complete the series in any course sequence allowing for rolling admissions.

The fifth course in the AMBI virtual ethics fellowship is titled Conflict Competence in Clinical Ethics Consultation (AMBI 720). The course includes a three-day on site classroom experience and a four-week online component. This course focuses on improving mediation, facilitation, and conflict resolution skills through simulated or standardized patient and clinical scenarios when conflict between parties (patient, family, or peer) is a central issue.

Virtual Fellowship: Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation Tuition

Tuition for graduate courses offered through the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical Center is currently $2,500 per 3-credit course. The total tuition for the five courses required for the Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation Program is $12,500. Starting in the fall 2014 term, tuition will be increased to $2,575 per 3-credit course, thus raising the total program cost to $12,875. Travel expenses associated with attending the on-site course are not included in the tuition.

Additional Information

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation who wish to continue their bioethics education, can apply these credits to the Master of Science in Bioethics with a Concentration in Clinical Ethics Consultation.

For additional information about the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation, please contact our Coordinator of Graduate Studies at bioethics@mail.amc.edu or 518-262-2639.

 

The AMBI-Department of Pastoral Care Dual Graduate Certificate Program

Advances in biomedical sciences and medical technology raise urgent questions that must be addressed at the philosophical, public policy and legal level, but also at the spiritual level. These issues are particularly acute as patients and families struggle to make medical decisions that often challenge them to examine and put to the test their spiritual orientation, be it a traditional religious faith or not. In such situations there is a serious need for trained people who understand both the spiritual dimension of human suffering and the landscape of clinical bioethics. The proposed dual graduate certificate program in clinical pastoral care and bioethics will provide education designed to meet precisely this need. This dual graduate certificate program is a collaborative effort by Alden March Bioethics Institute and the Department of Pastoral Care, Albany Medical Center.  
 
On a more practical level, we expect that the dual graduate certificate program will open up career opportunities for our graduates in hospitals, medical centers, and elsewhere, that are normally unavailable to those without such broad training. The need for persons trained in both areas will continue to increase in coming years due to increasing complexity of medical interventions, increases in the need for medical care among an aging population and the inevitable spiritual and ethical predicaments that people must confront.

The dual graduate certificate program now makes it feasible for a student to complete both certificates during a 12 month period. Each program will retain full independence in admitting and graduating their students. The involvement of the CPE Resident or Intern in the Bioethics Graduate Certificate Program will in no way impact their duties and responsibilities to provide pastoral care to their assigned units and on-call schedules. The students will attend the Albany Center campus for Clinical Pastoral Education work. Bioethics courses will be online or in person on the Albany Medical College campus. To read more about the CPE program, please click here.

For further information on the Pastoral Care Certificate, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at bioethics@mail.amc.edu or (518) 262-2639.