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Essential Competencies in Ethics Consultation (EC)²

An Eight-Month Virtual Immersion for Healthcare Ethics Consultants within CommonSpirit Health, Guided by the National Theology and Ethics Team.

Essential Competencies in Ethics Consultation (EC)²

The Essential Competencies for Ethics Consultation (EC)² program promotes a standard level of competency, quality, and expertise in ethics consultation across CommonSpirit Health. It focuses on growing practical knowledge, skills, and interprofessional attributes. 

Now Accepting Applicants FY24 Cohort | October 2023 to May 2024

Learning Objectives

The Essential Competencies in Ethics Consultation program (EC)² is designed to explore the practice of ethics consultation and ethical analysis in clinical care and research areas. It is structured to foster the skills and core competencies essential for delivering impactful clinical ethics consultation and analysis.

This invitation-only program facilitates ethics quality improvement and offers a thorough understanding of the CommonSpirit Health Ethics approach towards enhancing patient experience.

Key elements of the program include:

  • Providing a foundation and deepening clinical ethics consultation knowledge and application of knowledge to emerging clinical ethics dilemmas.
  • Learning the core competencies of ethics consultation and applying them through case based learning.
  • After 3-6 months, participants will apply their learning in ethics consultation and could begin to serve on call with coaching support.
  • Upon completion, it is expected that participants will have gained confidence and competence to effectively be a primary responder to the most common ethics consultation cases.

Program Details

Each module in the program will follow the same format and will be structured in three segments.

1

Week 1

Each module kicks with a one hour live didactic session.

  • Previous module homework due.
3

Weeks 2-3

  • Read assigned documents
  • Listen to the assigned EthicsLab Podcast(s)

Standing Office Hours in weeks 2 and 3

4

Week 4

Each module ends with a one hour live case discussion, review, and role play.

Program FAQ

The goal of the CEI is to advance those doing ethics consultation in learning specific consultation and mediation techniques. In the future, the CEI program will be completed during/after the (EC)2. (EC)promotes a standard level of competency, quality, and expertise in ethics consultation across CommonSpirit Health. It focuses on growing practical knowledge, skills, and interprofessional attributes. Key elements of the program include: 

  1. Providing a foundation and deepening clinical ethics consultation knowledge and application of knowledge to emerging clinical ethics dilemmas.
  2. Learning the core competencies of ethics consultation and applying them through case based learning.
  3. After 3-6 months, a trainee will apply their learning in ethics consultation and could begin to serve on call with coaching support.
  4. Upon completion, it is expected that the participant will have gained confidence and competence to effectively be a primary responder to the most common ethics consultation cases.

Please contact your Division Ethics Leader to understand the necessary competencies required to perform ethics consultation. There is a limited number of spaces available for the first cohort, but we will continue to invite more participants and build their knowledge and skill level for future cohorts.

Primarily, the ethics leader for the Division will be the person identifying and inviting participants in this first cohort  (45-50 slots overall). 

List of Ethics leaders:

  • Northern California - Anita Ho
  • Southern California - Becket Gremmels, Linda McDonald
  • Tri-Health - Kevin Murphy, Frank Nation
  • Colorado/Utah/Kansas - Kevin Murphy, Patrick Gaughan
  • Midwest - Leslie Kuhnel
  • Southwest - Mary Homan
  • Pacific Northwest - Laura Webster
  • Southeast - Kristine Ehlert
  • Texas - Dcn David Garvis

Upon completion, it is expected that the participant will gain proficiency in the essential competencies used in general clinical ethical consultation. With additional mentorship, participants are expected to be competent and confident to be a primary responder to ethics consultation (with authorization of Division Ethics Leader). However, this course does not count as a professional ethics consultation certificate.

If you are interested in being involved in clinical ethics consultation in CommonSpirit Health, this is the program for you. We welcome all clinical disciplines within CommonSpirit Health to participate. Contact your Ethics leader for your Division. 

Interested participants who are unable to commit to the required time should not begin the program at this time. Subsequent programs will be offered annually beginning in FY25.

Yes, your Ethics leader for your division will work with you to help your supervisor understand the commitment and value of the program.

Participants will not receive separate financial payment for taking the course, but are offered free participation and continuing education credits (participants will be eligible to receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change). We will be ensuring that your role of participating in ethics consultation is aligned with your current scope of work.

Participants are expected to commit approximately 8-10 hours per module for to complete the pre-work readings, attend the virtual didactic sessions, and participate in the virtual discussion board.

The goal of this virtual training program is to promote a standard level of competency, quality, and expertise in ethics consultation across CommonSpirit Health. For those already conducting ethics consultations with graduate level training or gained their HEC-C, please contact your Ethics VP to see if EC² will be to your benefit. 

  1. Virtual didactic sessions will be recorded and made available to participants within 10 days. 
  2. Office hours will be offered twice per module.  Attendance is encouraged but is optional.
  3. Case discussions will be offered twice in the 4th week of each module. Participants need to attend one of these sessions live for each module.