The Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) offers the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Fellowship in Healthcare Ethics. A fellow in this two-year, full-time opportunity develops professional skills in clinical ethics consultation, policy development, ethics education and research.  Fellows receive a stipend, health benefits, and funding to attend one national conference.

The mission of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society is to provide leadership in education, research, and clinical service at VUMC concerning the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of medicine, health care, and health policy.  The Center is committed to multi-disciplinary exploration of the individual and social values, cultural dynamics, and legal and professional standards that characterize and influence clinical practice and biomedical research.  The Center aims to be a catalyst for collaboration in teaching, research, and practice at Vanderbilt and to contribute to scholarship and policy making from the local to the international level.

Responsibilities and opportunities of a fellow include:

  • Involvement in all aspects of the ethics consultation service
  • Teaching healthcare ethics to a cross section of students, trainees, faculty and staff
  • Development of research and/or scholarly projects in healthcare ethics
  • Participation in Center activities including weekly fellowship seminars 
  • Attendance of institutional ethics committee meetings
  • Contribution to Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network ethics activities as appropriate
  • Other responsibilities developed based on fellow’s interests, e.g. participation in transplant selection committees