The Chair in Compassionate Communication is a new position established in the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to facilitate and coordinate teaching and innovation, transforming the culture of health care through skillful, compassionate communication. The position will expand education and research in communication and professionalism at OHSU in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and allied health care professions. This unique and innovative program is expected to be adopted nationally.
The ideal candidate would have advanced degrees in a health care discipline, advanced training in health care ethics, and demonstrated achievements related to communication skills in an academic or health care environment.
This Chair position is at the 50% level. Beyond Chair responsibilities, the individual may have FTE in other OHSU units (up to 1.0 FTE total) or possibly an entity outside OHSU. The position includes duties in areas of scholarship, teaching and service. The time allocation shown relates specifically to the 0.5 FTE Chair responsibilities only.
Responsibilities include coordinating and supporting the development of teaching and proficiency evaluation related to ethics and professionalism in compassionate communication for students and trainees of OHSU schools and programs and to health care professionals in Oregon and sharing nationally. This includes transforming didactic materials into practice.
Specific responsibilities will include teaching ethics and professionalism curricula on performance, evaluation and documentation with the goal of preparing powerful, effective and compassionate communicators in the future health care professionals at OHSU. The program will grow and develop as new awareness about these important communication skills are identified. Respectful and skillful communication is at the heart of ethics and professionalism teaching, changing the culture of medicine for future generations.
The Chair will also assume the leadership role in developing educational materials in the ethics content area of communication, scholarship around approaches in ethical communication and related policy systems. The individual will also participate in teaching at other Center events such as Bioethics Study Group, Senior Clinicians’ Seminar and regional conferences.
The educational methods should promote collaboration and transparency consistent with deeply held values of the Center. Modeling intercultural competence and employing innovative technology to enhance the educational effectiveness of campus-based and distance teaching, learning and research are essential.
The Chair’s administrative service to the Ethics Center will be primarily in the areas of curriculum and testing development. Other responsibilities will include serving on the OHSU Institutional Ethics Committee and facilitating the broader sharing of curricular innovation. The Chair will also serve on the Executive Committee of the Center for Ethics in Health Care.
The Chair will be expected to attend Center for Ethics Steering Committee and Oversight Committee meetings to present information on programmatic progress and implementation, as requested by the chairs of those committees.
The Chair will engage in scholarly activities related to the field of ethics, professionalism and compassionate communication, fulfilling all requirements for the ethical conduct of research, and complying with all rules, regulations and requirements of the sponsoring organization and OHSU. The Chair is expected to share project progress and research findings with the broader community through participation in the Center for Ethics in Health Care’s research program and by submitting and presenting abstracts and papers at local, regional and national meetings.
The successful candidate for this position would have demonstrated experience in ethics, professionalism, and communication both in teaching and research.
Internal Number: IRC72330
About OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care
The OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care envisions health care that
is compassionate, just and respectful for the people of Oregon and
across the nation.
• Combine the ethical perspectives of health care
professionals, patients and families to improve teaching,
research, and clinical consultation in patient care and
• Provide statewide leadership in identifying and addressing
ethical issues in healthcare.
• Serve as a resource for teaching about professional
responsibility and health care ethics principles.
• Advocate for institutional and public policies that promote
ethical goals in health care services and systems.