Clinical Ethics

Clinical Ethics Center Goals

The Clinical Ethics Center seeks to help resolve difficulties that arise primarily through:

Community Outreach
The Center provides speakers to Community organizations in regards to advance directives and bioethical issues.

The Center develops and supports educational programs in clinical medical ethics for house staff, medical staff, nursing staff, and other health care providers. 

Ethics Consultation Services
The Center provides primary staffing to the Ethics Consultation Service and initiates a liaison function to selected units. Ethics consultations are responded to promptly. Over the past few years the consultation service has grown substantially, culminating in an average of over 500 case consultations per year at Memorial Medical Center.

Policy Development
The Center supports the Policy development/review activities of the Human Values and Ethics Committee. The Center assists the Human Values and Ethics Committee with developing and reviewing policies and procedures that reflect a concern for ethics in healthcare.

Research in Bioethics
The Center's research will focus on basic ethical problems in clinical practice and health care delivery. The Center provides regular research updates and literature reviews relevant to the Human Values and Ethics Committee.