Clinical Bioethics Fellowship

About the Clinical Bioethics Fellowship

The Clinical Bioethics Fellowship is a two-year program that trains physicians in bioethics with an emphasis on pediatrics issues in the clinical and research arenas. The goal of the fellowship is to prepare fellows for academic careers with an emphasis on scholarship in pediatric bioethics.

The program is sponsored by the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children's Hospital and the Division of Bioethics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Fellows will benefit from collaborations with the University of Washington Department of Bioethics and Humanities, School of Medicine and School of Public Health.

Candidates must plan to engage in pediatric clinical care and/or research. Clinical training may be in pediatrics or other pediatrics-related areas, such as anesthesia, genetics, psychiatry, radiology or surgery. This fellowship can be pursued concurrently with subspecialty training, and we welcome individuals who are already engaged in subspecialty training at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Fellows who do not have prior advanced training in research methodology (e.g., MPH or PhD) will be encouraged to enroll in a master's program in bioethics or public health at the University of Washington. Tuition for coursework will be provided.

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Fellowship Activities

Fellows will be integrated in all educational and clinical activities of the Center for Pediatric Bioethics and will participate in the administrative development of these activities.

Scholarly activities

The primary emphasis of the Clinical Bioethics Fellowship is to develop skills and experience in research related to pediatric bioethics. Fellows will be expected to complete at least one mentored research project. The mentored research project can also be used to complete the research requirement for the master's in bioethics or public health.

In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on papers, research and other activities related to the center. Scholarly activity will be supervised by the director of education and faculty mentors as appropriate.

Fellows will be expected to participate in scholarly presentations at a national professional meeting (e.g., American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Academic Societies).

Educational activities

Fellows are expected to participate in regular educational activities of the Center for Pediatric Bioethics. These activities include weekly fellow seminars, the annual pediatric bioethics conference and visiting professor lectures and seminars.

In addition, fellows are encouraged to attend monthly ethics conferences for the pediatric house staff at Seattle Children's and regular seminars and lectures related to bioethics offered through the Department of Bioethics and Humanities and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

Clinical ethics activities

Fellows will participate in Seattle Children's Ethics Committee and be "on call" as part of the ethics consultation service for one to two weeks each month.

In addition, fellows participate in the Institutional Review Board at Seattle Children's or the University of Washington, and may participate in the Ethics Consult Service at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Teaching activities

Bioethics faculty will provide mentorship and guidance in developing teaching skills. Fellows will be expected to actively participate in leading educational programs sponsored by the Center for Pediatric Bioethics. Fellows will give lecture presentations and lead case-based group discussions.

Clinical activities

Fellows are expected to maintain their clinical skills during the fellowship. Clinical activity should not exceed four weeks each year in an inpatient setting, or one half-day a week in an outpatient setting. Fellows who are completing concurrent subspecialty training will have clinical time negotiated to fulfill their other obligations.

For individuals currently enrolled in clinical fellowships at Seattle Children's or the University of Washington, we offer the opportunity to explore creative ways to combine the primary clinical fellowship with components of our bioethics fellowship. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact Dr. Diekema at the address shown below.

How to Apply

Application process

The deadline for applications for the fellowship beginning July 2021 is October 15, 2020.

Please submit:

  • Online application  
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement about career and research interests
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of reference (submitted directly)

Send applications to:

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
Director of Education
Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics
Seattle Children's Research Institute
1900 Ninth Ave., JMB-6
Seattle, WA 98101


Salary is based on University of Washington salary scale for residency training commensurate with the individual's prior training. Compensation in academic year 2019 will be $65,676 at the R4 level.

As UW employees, fellows are eligible for medical, dental and life insurance benefits.