Clinical & Organizational Rotations in Ethics (CORE)

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The Clinical & Organizational Rotations in Ethics (CORE) program is an experienced-based rotation in the clinical, professional, and organizational environnment in the healthcare setting. The program is designed to give students the knowledge and professional skills to provide ethics services within the clinical envirnoment as well as to help prepare them for ASBH HEC-C exam.

Guiding Documents

CORE Rationale
This document explains the structure, reasoning, and organization of the Clinical & Organizational Rotations in Ethics (CORE) in a comprehensive, summarized format.

ASBH HEC-C Alignment with CORE
This document explains and demonstrates how the CORE program aligns with the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH) Healthcare Ethics Consultation Certification (HEC-C).

Rotation Syllabi

HCE 646/746: Clinical Healthcare Ethics I
Offered Fall & Spring by Dr. Joris Gielen & Clinical Fellow

This course is a clinically based practicum consisting of supervised placement in an ethics rotation at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh as well as reading and discussion concerning clinical ethical issues and participation in the work of the hospital's Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC). Students "round" or "rotate" through Mercy Hospital's Medical Intensive Care Units. The development of observation skills is an essential part of this experience. The course is designed individually for each student, adapting the syllabus as the student's work and expertise requires. The 646/746 course is the first component of the Clinical and Organizational Rotations in Ethics (CORE). The acronym helps to focus on the crucial core significance of the Rotations in the HCE Programs. The clinical component is so inter-woven with the organizational component in health care that the Rotations focus upon the dynamic relationship between clinical, organizational, and professional ethics. The CORE approach provides HCE degree students with an experience-based curriculum to learn in a supervised, step-by-step manner the scholarly knowledge and professionals skills for providing ethics services in health care. Moreover, the curriculum focuses upon providing ethics leadership to integrate clinical, organizational, and professional ethics across the health care organization.

HCE 647/747: Clinical Healthcare Ethics II
Offered Fall & Spring by Dr. Joris Gielen & Clinical Fellow

This course is a clinically based practicum consisting of supervised placement in an ethics rotation at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh as well as reading and discussion concerning clinical ethical issues and participation in the work of the hospital's Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC). Students "round" or "rotate" through Mercy Hospital's Medical Intensive Care Unit, in some other specialized units, and on the general floors. The development of observation skills is an essential part of this experience. The course is designed individually for each student, adapting the syllabus as the student's work and expertise requires. The 647/747 course is the second component of the Clinical and Organizational Rotations in Ethics (CORE).

HCE 681/781: Clinical Internship in HCE I
Offered Fall & Spring by Dr. Gerard Magill & Clinical Fellow

The 681 rotation is open only to doctoral students. Under on-site supervision, the student serves as institutional ethicist in the assigned facility. Duties include education of facility personnel, including: formal lectures; in-service workshops; teaching rounds; provision of written, electronic, and online materials; ethics research for facility personnel; development of policy on various ethical issues; and prospective and retrospective case consultation. The 681/781 course is the 3rd component of the Clinical and Organizational Rotations in Ethics (CORE).

HCE 682/782: Clinical Internship in HCE II
Offered Fall & Spring by Dr. Gerard Magill & Clinical Fellow

The 682 rotation is open only to doctoral students. Under on-site supervision, the student serves as institutional ethicist in the assigned facility. Duties include education of facility personnel, including: formal lectures; in-service workshops; teaching rounds; provision of written, electronic, and online materials; ethics research for facility personnel; development of policy on various ethical issues; and prospective and retrospective case consultation. The 682/782 course is the 4th component of the Clinical and Organizational Rotations in Ethics (CORE).