Clinical Training in Applied Ethics

Clinical Ethics Fellowship

The Clinical Ethics Fellowship is a joint venture between Providence Health Care (PHC) and Provincial Health Service Authority (PHSA), in affiliation with the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at UBC.

It is a unique opportunity for hands on experience and training in clinical ethics. The program is designed for graduate or post-graduate students interested in a career in clinical ethics. Over the course of one year, the fellow gets formal clinical ethics training involving a weekly seminar, as well as practical training in various health care settings, including: emergency medicine and para-medicine, mental health, pediatrics, intensive care, adolescent medicine, transgender care, oncology, substance use, palliative care, public health, research, policy and organizational work.

The fellowship includes various learning activities to support the fellow to develop abilities to identify and analyze ethical issues as well as effective communication skills to negotiate and resolve ethically challenging situations, and ultimately to prepare them to practice and teach ethics in a health care setting.

The successful applicant will complete a 1-year part time Fellowship at the above named healthcare organizations. The funded fellowship is 12 hrs/wk, and the fellow will spend 6 months at each organization and across the various sites. During this time, the fellow will complete clinical and didactic activities under the supervision of the clinical ethics department, learning to contextualize and apply various ethical approaches, frameworks and principles in complex clinical health settings.  More specifically, they will participate in simulations, clinical consults and write-ups, provide support in the ethics education, develop research projects, and engage with different teams and areas of health care.


Applicants should have a PhD in ethics or a related field, or be PhD Candidates/students within 1-2 years of completion of their degree in an ethics or related program of study; or have a Master’s Degree in ethics, philosophy, or moral theology (or equivalent) plus three (3) years recent related clinical experience. Other candidates with a demonstrated interest and commitment to working in ethics may be considered.


  • Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Team focus and demonstrated excellence in interpersonal relationships
  • Ability to teach and work in multidisciplinary teams

Successful candidates must have flexibility in their schedule to attend different learning opportunities, and have a strong commitment to working in clinical ethics.


The fellowship is offered once or twice per year. Calls for applications will be posted on the CAE website. Please check back for calls for applications or email us for more information at: