June 2, 2006

New program to support study of ethics in health

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Jo-David Fine, M.D.

New program to support study of ethics in health

The Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society has established a program for faculty members who would like to pursue in-depth explorations of ethical issues in health care delivery.

Supported in part by the Ann Geddes Stahlman Chair in Medical Ethics, the new Stahlman Scholar in Biomedical Ethics and Society program will enable faculty members in the schools of Medicine and Nursing to spend six months researching an ethics project of their choosing.

Applications for the first round of scholarships, to begin Jan. 1, 2007, are now being accepted by Center co-directors Larry R. Churchill, Ph.D., and Ellen Wright Clayton, M.D., J.D.

Many faculty are intensely interested in ethical issues but until now have had little formal opportunity “to take time out to really concentrate on this dimension of their work,” said Churchill, the Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics.

“Being a clinician is a profoundly ethical endeavor,” added Clayton, the Rosalind E. Franklin Professor of Genetics and Health Policy. “But to have the chance to reflect on a particular aspect of it … (is) something that I think could be a real opportunity for them.”

Applicants should provide, no later than July 15, a one-page research proposal, an NIH biosketch, and a letter of support from their home departments.

Scholars will be expected to spend approximately 20 percent of their time on their project. They will receive $15,000 in salary support and $2,500 in research funds during the six-month scholarship period.

One or more awards will be announced by Aug. 15, depending upon the quality of the applications and funding availability.

Application materials may be e-mailed to larry.churchill@vanderbilt.edu or ellen.clayton@vander-bilt.edu, or sent to the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at 319 Oxford House (campus zip 4350).

For more information, call Churchill at 6-3540 or Clayton at 2-1186.