Educational Opportunities

Educating healthcare professionals, healthcare students, students from nonhealthcare disciplines interested in exploring the ethical dimensions of healthcare, and members of the community at large is a core part of the Center for Healthcare Ethics' mission. Such education serves not only to raise awareness of crucial ethical issues and considerations associated with healthcare practices, healthcare delivery systems, and broader societal dynamics that can shape the values linked to how health, illness and patient care are understood, but more importantly, it helps promote and enable morally appropriate and sensitive patient care.

The center offers a variety of courses, conference, lectures and other sessions geared for creating an educated community and citizenry. Below is a list of educational programs open to participants as indicated.


Current Educational Programs

  • Ethics Noon Lecture—CME: 1 credit
  • Ethics Forum
    This bimonthly session is open to all Cedars-Sinai staff and is held on the last Wednesday of the odd months from noon-1 p.m. The forum serves as an occasion for critical exploration of the breadth of ethical issues and dynamics associated with the daily practices of patient care. If you would like more information, please contact the center.
  • Ethics Seminar
    This monthly session is open to all Cedars-Sinai staff and is an occasion for in-depth exploration of critical questions associated with healthcare ethics in an intimate, seminar-style classroom setting. Its focus is to foster critical reflection on the nature and meaning of core values and commitments entailed in healthcare practices.
  • Neonatology Ethics Session
    This regular monthly meeting is conducted by the Division of Neonatology. It is designed to address issues and considerations specific to patient care within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This meeting is limited to the members of the NICU faculty and staff.
  • SICU Residents Clinical Ethics Conference
    This bimonthly meeting is part of an educational series for house staff and fellows during their Surgical Intensive Care Unit rotation. The meeting is limited to the members mentioned above.
  • American Jewish University (AJU) Case Studies in Ethics
    Exclusively for upper-level AJU students, this is a required undergraduate course in completing a major in the Department of Bioethics and Natural Science.
  • ICU Ethics Roundtables
    This biweekly, multidiciplinary forum addresses ethical and moral issues and concerns, critical skill sets, communication strategies, and challenging situations that emerge in the ICU. The content of each session reflects real-time experiences and issues that arise in caring for patients, families and our colleagues. The roundtable provides a space to raise questions, debrief from stressful events and learn from and with colleagues.