Ethics center programs

Providence Center for Health Care Ethics offers a variety of programs for physicians, residents, nurses and other Providence employees, providing participants an opportunity to explore and examine the challenges in health care ethics and palliative care.

The Ethics Center offers an education program that is comprehensive in scope, targeted to specific audiences and integrated with other education opportunities. These include:

Core Curriculum Program

The Core Curriculum Program is designed for physicians, nurses and other Providence employees. Courses cover ethical principles and explore key topics encountered in clinical practice.

Ethics Core Curriculum I is open to all hospital staff and employees. It provides the ethical infrastructure for all the Ethics Center’s services. It is an eight-hour program that covers the Providence approach to understanding ethics in health care and introduces participants to the Providence model for ethical decision-making. It also includes a discussion of case studies on topics often encountered by the Ethics consult teams, such as clinical conflicts, patient decision-making and professionalism.  

Ethics Core Curriculum IIB offers an additional eight hours, focusing on ethical issues related to palliative care and care at the end of life.

Ethics Core Curriculum III programs consist of either 60-minute Medical Grand Rounds presentations or 90-minute Open Forum  noon presentations addressing special topics in health care ethics or patient care. Core III programs are often made available to outside audiences via EventCast.

Past Core Curriculum III speakers include Rabbi Daniel Sinclair, “A Time to Be Born and a Time to Die;” Mark Repenshek, Ph.D., “Disparities in Healthcare: Is Ethics Part of the Problem;” Daniel Sokol, Ph.D., “Should Doctors Always Tell the Truth to Patients;” Carol Taylor, RN, Ph.D., “When Families and Caregivers Disagree;” and Timothy Christie, Ph.D., “Creative and Controversial Ways to Manage Addiction: Learning from the Canadian Experience.” 

Ethics Core Curriculum IV is a four-hour interactive curriculum for physicians on critical issues in managing patients from diverse cultures at the end of life.  This course includes three video case studies filmed by the center and drawn from situations involving actual Russian, Vietnamese and Mexican patients, interactive exercises, an informational didactic, and access to additional resources. The program is intended to help participants improve communication and reduce conflicts with patients.

"This course meets the criteria for 7.0 nursing contact hours.  Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Department of Nursing, 9205 SW Barnes Road, Portland, Oregon is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP8693. This certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course ends.”   Approved for 7.0 continuing chaplaincy education contact units for ethics by the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Providence Portland Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7 credit hours AMA PRA Category 1 credit™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Providence Portland Medical Center is accredited by the Oregon Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Residency Education

Noon Conferences, Ethics Grand Rounds and ICU Rounds are provided on a regular basis for internal medicine and family practice residents. Residents are also offered a palliative care and an ethics elective during their residency.

Funded Lectureships

The Ethics Center has two funded lectureships: one addressing ethical issues in health care, and the second addressing issues in palliative care. Both lectureships are named, honoring physicians from Providence.

Providence Center for Health Care Ethics was established in 2000 to serve the ethics consultation, education and scholarship needs of Providence Health & Services in Oregon.