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The Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medicine fellowship is part of the New York-Houston Medical Ethics Consortium. This consortium brings together Weill Cornell Medical College, the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Baylor College of Medicine. This consortium provides fellows with an outstanding opportunity in clinical and research ethics by drawing upon transcontinental expertise and varied practice settings. Fellows learn from distinguished faculty and each other through various joint activities: video-conferenced seminar series, case conferences, and journal clubs; visiting observerships at consortium hospitals; and retreats in Houston and New York. In addition, the program provides fellows with the clinical experience, training, and education required to become experts in clinical ethics consultation and prepares them for academic careers in medical ethics.

Fellowship Components and Service Expectations

  • Training in adult and pediatric clinical ethics consultation based on the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities core competencies in clinical ethics consultation.
  • Mentored scholarship in clinical or research ethics, including a capstone project.
  • Structured curriculum on advanced topics in bioethics.
  • Case conferences and journal club.
  • Active participation on the ethics consultation service, including supervised on-call responsibilities.
  • Active participation in institutional ethics committee meetings.
  • Participation in the educational activities of the Division, including the teaching of medical students and house staff.
  • Participation in Divisional and Consortium scholarly programs.
  • Clinical rotation on the ethics service of our partner institutions in Houston.
  • Fellows who choose to participate in part-time clinical practice in their respective specialties during the fellowship may have this opportunity.


  • A doctoral degree in a relevant area of study. This might include medicine, nursing, bioethics, social work, chaplaincy, the humanities, social sciences, and the law.
  • Clinical experience in a relevant area of practice, which could include medicine, nursing, bioethics, social work, clinical psychology, chaplaincy, and/or health law. Inter-disciplinary training and experience a plus.
  • Compassion, empathy, open-mindedness, and the ability to integrate the clinical, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, and institutional dimensions of ethical decision-making.
  • Exceptional analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent verbal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially with a diverse professional and lay staff.
  • Scholarly initiative and creativity.

Directed by Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P., the fellowship is a rare opportunity for uniquely qualified individuals to participate in the Ethics program at this Ivy-League medical college located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Our established program is home to 6 full-time and 30+ plus adjunct faculty from a range of disciplines with nationally recognized expertise in numerous areas including: neuroethics, research ethics, end-of-life decision-making, advance directives, clinical ethics consultation, the unrepresented patient, ethics education, the ethics of molecular and reproductive medicine, feminist ethics, and disability ethics. Our high-volume ethics consultation service serves the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. This setting, plus the collaboration with faculty at Houston Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine offers a unique opportunity to interact with, and benefit from, a particularly large and diverse faculty and patient population.

Medical Ethics

Joseph J. Fins, M.D., Chief

Joan Walker, Administrative Director
435 E. 70th St., 4J
Tel: (212) 746-1126 
Fax: (212) 746-8738

Andrew Crawford, Divisional Administrator
1300 York Avenue, Room HT-613
Tel: (212) 746-4113
Fax: (212) 746-8793