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The Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City offers a full-time 2-year fellowship in clinical ethics.

The fellowship is part of the New York-Houston Medical Ethics Consortium, which brings together Weill Cornell Medical College, the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, Houston Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. The aim of this consortium is to provide fellows with an outstanding opportunity in clinical and research ethics by drawing upon transcontinental expertise and varied practice settings. Fellows will learn from a 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. This fellowship offers a competitive stipend, excellent benefits, and opportunities for continued professional development. Upon completion of this fellowship, fellows will have the skills, training, and experience to make them competitive for positions in clinical ethics and academic bioethics.

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.


  • We will consider applicants with a doctoral degree in a relevant area of study. This might include medicine, nursing, bioethics, social work, chaplaincy, the humanities, social sciences and/or 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. Interdisciplinary 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 5 full-time and 30 part-time and adjunct faculty, 2 clinical ethics fellows, and a post-doctoral fellow 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, ethics education, the ethics of molecular and reproductive medicine, and feminist ethics.

Our high-volume ethics consultation service handles approximately 350 cases per year, serving both  NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and NYP/Lower Manhattan Hospital. 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.

Contact Information

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

Kerrine Simone Carter, Administrative Assistant
435 E. 70th St., 4J
Tel: (212) 746-4246
Fax: (212) 746-8738

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