Graduate Bioethics Education Programs Results

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For more information about Bioethics and Humanities Academic Programs, please visit the ASBH webpage.

For more information about additional master’s and doctoral programs in bioethics, please visit the Hastings Center webpage.

Question Answer


Please indicate the type of degree associated with your educational program: Post-doctoral
Educational program name: Penn Postdoctoral Training Program in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics
What institution administers your educational program? University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
What bioethics program, department, or division administers your educational program? Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
City: Philadelphia
State/Province: Pennsylvania
Country: United States
Year first class matriculated: 2017
Educational program website:
Does the educational program have a designated faculty program director? Yes
Program Directors Name Steven Joffe
Program Directors Title
Program Directors Email
Program Directors Phone 215-573-9384
Does the educational program have a designated staff program administrator? Yes
Program Administrators Name Emily Walters
Program Administrators Title Program Administrator
Program Administrators Email
Program Administrators Phone 215-573-9384
What are the educational program’s admission requirements? Degree(s)
Letters of recommendation
CV or resume
Statement of interest
Writing sample
Degree(s) MD, PhD or equivalent
Standardized test(s)
Number of letters of recommendation: 2
What is the minimum length of time to complete the full-time educational program? 24
What is the minimum length of time to complete the part-time educational program?
What is the typical length of time to complete the full-time educational program? 36
What is the typical length of time to complete the part-time educational program?
Is the educational program offered online or in-person? In-person only
What is the educational program’s average annual new trainee enrollment size? (Average over the last two years) 1
Does the educational program offer an annual stipend for trainees? Yes
What is the stipend per trainee? 61000
What, if any, specific tracks/specializations are offered as part of the educational program?
Is there a clinical component associated with the educational program? No
Does the educational program provide training in clinical ethics consultation?
On average, how many clinical ethics consultations do your trainees participate in as an observer?
On average, how many formal clinical ethics consultations do your trainees lead? (i.e., interact with the provider/patient/surrogate and write the chart note)?
Do all of your trainees lead a minimum of 30 clinical ethics consultations (i.e., interact with the provider/patient/ surrogate and write the chart note)?
Is the training in clinical ethics consultation grounded in the ASBH Core Competencies?
Are trainees periodically assessed and evaluated for meeting the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out clinical ethics consultations in accord with the ASBH Core Competencies?
How are trainees evaluated?
Do trainees complete an oral exam offered by a panel of three clinical ethics fellowship program directors?
Are graduates purported by the educational program to be competent to conduct independent clinical ethics consultations?
Does the educational program require any of the following to graduate? Publishable manuscript(s)
Publishable manuscript(s) – Number trainees are required to submit: 2
Portfolio – please describe:
Do graduates receive a certificate or diploma upon successful completion? No