Clinical Ethics Intensive

Welcome to the participant portal for the CommonSpirit Health Clinical Ethics Intensive. The Clinical Ethics Intensive (CEI) is held on various site specific dates (see details below) and utilizes a virtual format. The CEI brings together staff from CommonSpirit hospitals to engage in training provided by the system Mission Innovation, Theology and Ethics team. Join ethicists Kevin Murphy, System SVP of Mission Innovation, Ethics and Theology and Becket Gremmels, System VP of Theology and Ethics in an innovative program designed to educate and enrich ethics committees and leadership.

The CEI offers high-intensity training on practical aspects of clinical ethics training for employees and physicians who are or will be involved with clinical ethics consultation at CommonSpirit Health ministries.  The training reviews skills and tools for ethics consultants to use in clinical ethics consults.  Participants then have opportunities to use those skills and tools in five role play sessions that simulate clinical ethics consults.  

The CEI is entirely virtual through Zoom.  There are multiple breaks throughout the time in order to facilitate virtual learning.  The role play sessions are done in small groups in virtual breakout rooms.  Each small group has an ethicist or experienced ethics consultant to provide real-time feedback and support to participants.

Participation is by invitation only, for more information contact Russell Keithline



Before the Clinical Ethics Intensive, participants should listen to 6 EthicsLab Essentials Podcast episodes. Each episode is approximately 30 minutes in length and provides foundational information.  These can be completed at your convenience before the start of the Clinical Ethics Intensive.

Participants should listen to 6 EthicsLab Essentials Podcast episodes. Each episode is approximately 30 minutes in length and provides foundational information.

  1. Podcasts are located at: the EthicsLab Essentials webpage or anywhere you get podcasts (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, etc.).
  2. The five required episodes are:
    1. Informed Consent: Supporting Patient Autonomy
    2. Do Not Resuscitate Orders: Key Ethical Issues
    3. Beyond Capacity: Assessing Challenging Cases
    4. Brain Death: A Foundational Yet Emotional Ethical Concept
    5. Goals of Care
  3. One additional episodes of your choice, found at the EthicsLab Essentials webpage

In addition to the CME credit available for the CEI, participants can obtain ½ CME credit for each EthicsLab Essentials episode. To do so, follow the following steps:

  1. Before listening to each episode, go to the EthicsLab Essentials webpage and click on “Click Here for Podcast CME Credit” to complete the pre-test.
  2. Listen to the episode and then click on “Click Here for Podcast CME Credit” again to complete the post-test and CME evaluation.

Presentation Content, Tools and Cases

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (CME) Process

Clinical Ethics Intensive Participants can obtain 7.5 CME credits for full participation in the CEI. To do so, please contact Russell Keithline