Miles J. Edwards Chair in Professionalism and Comfort Care
OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care
July 31, 2018
Part Time - Experienced
Academic / Research
The Miles J. Edwards Chair in Professionalism and Comfort Care was established in the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in 2011 to lead innovations in professionalism, ethics and approaches to end-of-life ethical issues. The position will expand education, policy development and research in professionalism, ethics and conflict of interest, in Oregon and nationally.
This Chair position is at the 50% level. Beyond Chair responsibilities, the individual may have FTE in other OHSU units 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. This position reports to the Director, Center for Ethics in Health Care.
Responsibilities include guiding and supporting the development of teaching about professionalism and ethics students and trainees of selected OHSU schools and programs and to health care professionals in Oregon and nationally.
Specific responsibilities will include teaching personally-developed curricula on professionalism and comfort care to be included in selected OHSU schools and program courses. Examples in the School of Medicine include leading the curriculum for the Living with Life-Threatening Illness course for medical students, and teaching professionalism and comfort care to medical students in the MD curriculum.Examples in the School of Nursing and School of Dentistry include lecturing in basic and advanced ethics courses. In addition, the Chair will participate in the growing interprofessional activities of the Center for Ethics as appropriate.
The Chair will also assume the leadership role in developing educational materials in the ethics content areas of conflict of interest and end-of-life care, and for the Ethics Center’s outreach to health care professionals in Oregon and nationally. Examples include contributing to grant writing, planning and teaching for Center-sponsored regional and Statewide Palliative Care Conferences and at selected national conferences, symposia and pre-courses.
The individual will also participate in teaching at other Center events such as Bioethics Study Group and Senior Clinicians’ Seminar.
Although the duties include teaching directly, a significant responsibility will be mentoring junior faculty in professionalism, ethics and end-of-life care knowledge and skills. Modeling intercultural competence and employing innovative technology to enhance the educational effectiveness of campus-based and distance teaching, learning and research will be increasingly vital.
The Chair will engage in scholarly activities related to professionalism and ethical issues related to end-of-life care including translation of theory and research into practical usefulness in policy and patient care. The research should fulfill 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 by submitting and presenting abstracts and papers for publication and at local, regional, and national meetings.
The Chair will serve on the Executive Committee of the Center for Ethics in Health Care with the title of Associate Director and will participate in key fund raising activities for the Center and participate in organizational functions such as recruitment of faculty and staff. Other responsibilities will include serving on the OHSU Institutional Ethics Committee.
The successful candidate for this position would have experience in ethics, professionalism, conflict of interest and end-of-life issues both in teaching and research.
Advanced degree (MD, DO, JD, PhD, or DMD).
Formal Training in Ethics.
Current Assistant/Associate Professor having achieved documented scholarship in ethics with a focus in professionalism and end-of-life care with at least seven years of experience.
Outstanding teacher who has demonstrated the ability and vision to bring theoretical ideas to practical application within an organization.
Internal Number: IRC55612
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.