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Ethics Resources

Members of the Society of General Internal Medicine Ethics Committee and Ethics and Humanities Interest group have compiled this list of websites that are useful for teaching, research or improving skills in clinical ethics.
If you would like to have a website added to the list, contact Daniel Pomerantz, M.D., M.P.H.

Types of Ethics References

 Educational Materials

American Medical Association - Virtual Mentor   Online journal with articles on many topics in clincal ethics.
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities   National organization; links to training programs, academic resources
Bioethics on the Web (National Institutes of Health)   List of resources for research and clinical ethics   "Your global information source on bioethics news and issues."   President’s Council on Bioethics,  transcripts on meetings on various important bioethics topics (the American Journal of Bioethics)   American Journal of Bioethics, bioethics news and blogs, listings of jobs, fellowships, and training programs as well
CMAJ Bioethics for Clinicians   Case studies with commentary. Legal commentary refers to Canadian law.
Educating Future Physicians for Ontario Ethics OSCE   OSCE (observed structured clinical exam) program
End of Life/Palliative Education Resource Center (Medical College of Wisconsin)   Educational resources related to end of life and palliative care
ERIC; Educational Resources Information Center   Searchable database of articles describing issues in education or reports of teaching methods, includes medical ethics   “A research and collaboration Web site for scholars working in the field of ethics.”
Ethics Updates (University of San Diego)   Educational resources
Hastings Center   Educational resources
JAMA & Archives   A topic collection of articles from JAMA and the Archives journals
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Library & Information Services (Georgetown University)   National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature; includes ETHXWeb, searchable database of bioethics literature; Scope Notes,  summaries and annotated bibliographies of classical issues in medical ethics;
MedEdPortal   Wide variety of medical education resources with a number indexed under “medical ethics.” Includes cases and curricula.
NEJM Medical Ethics Collection (January 1996-current)   Analysis and commentary on medical ethics
Trent Center for Bioethics list of websites (Duke)   Resource guide to other websites
University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics   Resources and links to other resources, including downloadable summaries and overviews
University of Washington School of Medicine- Ethics in Medicine   Broad range of case studies
VA National Center for Health Care Ethics  

Includes National Ethics Committee Reports (10-15 page resources), InFocus 2 page reports on specific issues,  free PDFs, and links to Pubmed articles, bibliographies



Berman Institute of Bioethics (John Hopkins)   One-week intensive course in international research ethics
Clinical Ethics Summer Institute, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada   4-day institute
Cleveland Clinic Bioethics Summer Retreat   5-day ethics retreat
Kennedy Institute of Ethics  (Georgetown University)   Intensive 5-day bioethics course


Journals (access may require subscription)

Master's Programs in Bioethics


American Medical Association and Medical College of Wisconsin Online Fellowship in Physician Ethics and Professionalism   On-line fellowship
California Pacific Medical Center: Medical Ethics Program in Medicine & Human Values   Full time fellowship 
Cleveland Clinic Bioethics Department   2-year full time fellowship
Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics   Part time fellowship
Greenwall Fellowship Program (Johns Hopkins and Georgetown)   2 year full time fellowship
Harvard Fellowship in Medical Ethics   Part time fellowship
MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics (Univ. of Chicago dept of Med)   Part time and full time fellowships
National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics   2-year full time fellowship


Sources of Funding for Ethics Research

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality   Request for Proposals (RFP) for medical errors in ambulatory care
Morton K & Jane Blaustein Foundation   Educational grants, human rights; generally funds larger projects
Commonwealth Fund   Health policy and outcomes research
Arthur Vining Davis Foundation   Educational grants
Arnold P. Gold Foundation   Emphasis on humanism in medicine, educational projects and some research up to $25,000
Greenwall Foundation   Specific focus on ethics research; also has arts and humanities grants; small projects up to larger studies.
Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University   Moral education and development, organizational ethics, civic and global ethics
Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation   Education of health professionals, enhancement of representation of minorities
National Institute of Nursing Research   End-of-life care, quality of care, health care access
Picker Institute   Education in patient-centered care


Compiled by:
Alexia Torke, MD, MS
Julie Rosenbaum, MD
Neil Farber, MD
Jon Tilburt, MD