Fellowship in Clinical Ethics

The Clinical Ethics Fellowship in the Center of Biomedical Ethics is a two-year, full-time program designed to prepare graduates to become leaders in Bioethics in health care settings, academic institutions, and professional or government agencies. Established in 2015, this non-ACGME fellowship is committed to addressing ethical concerns through clinical ethics consultation, policy development, education and research. This fellowship will be appointed through the Stanford Graduate Medical Education (GME) office.

The goals and objectives of this fellowship include the following:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of key bioethics topics, including skills in critically evaluating empirical and conceptual research in bioethics
  • Develop proficiency or expertise in clinical ethics consultation.  Fellows are expected to develop the capacity to play the role of lead consultant by the end of the second year.
  • Experience in presenting, teaching, and discussing core concepts in clinically-grounded bioethics at a post-graduate level
  • Develop the ability to take leadership roles in Clinical Ethics Committee Meetings.
  • Acquisition of professional skills for academic achievement in the field of bioethics, including research, CV development, and career building (fellows will be prepared to take a faculty position in the field of bioethics in both hospital and academic settings).
  • Obtain skills to conduct scholarly research related to clinical ethics and bioethics in both independent and highly collaborative research settings.


We seek applicants with the following prerequisite training and knowledge:

  • An advanced degree in an academic or professional discipline with preference given to candidates with terminal degrees in bioethics, philosophy, medicine, behavioral sciences, law, social sciences nursing, social work, religious studies, and other fields related to the practice of clinical and academic bioethics.
  • Exceptional candidates with a master’s degree will be considered. Candidates are also expected to possess strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, excellent oral and written communication skills, conflict resolution, organizational skills, as well as presentation and teaching skills.


Postdoctoral Positions

There are no open positions for the Clinical Ethics Fellowship at this time.

For more information, please contact SCBE Fellowship Coordinator, Emily Shulkin at eshulkin@stanford.edu.

For other postdoctoral positions at Stanford, please visit https://postdocs.stanford.edu/prospective-postdocs.

Program Leadership

David MagnusPhD

Fellowship Program Co-Director

Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics

Director of the Center

Member of the Stanford Hospital Ethics Committee

Holly Tabor, PhD

Fellowship Program Co-Director

Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Director for Clinical Ethics and Education

Co-Chair of the Stanford Hospital Ethics Committee

Co-Chair of the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital Ethics Committee

Emily Shulkin

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Ethics Consult & Fellowship Coordinator for the Center

Current Fellows

Adam Omelianchuk, PhD

First Year Fellow

Clinical Ethics

Former Fellows

Sarah Wieten, PhD

Ph.D., Durham University, 2018

M.A., University of South Florida, Philosophy, 2013

B.A., Xavier University, Philosophy Politics and the Public Honors program, 2011


Karola V. Kreitmair

Ph.D., Stanford University, Philosophy, 2013

M.Sc., University of Edinburgh, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, 2006

B.A., Brown University, Philosophy, 2004