Part-Time Bioethicist

Updated: February 7, 2020
Job ID: 215678
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a part-time Bioethicist to support the Department of Defense Medical Ethics Center (DMEC) located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DMEC. 

The mission of the Department of Defense Medical Ethics Center (DMEC) is to serve as the national and international lead in military medical ethics for all health care providers in the Military Health System (MHS)/Department of Defense (DoD). In addition, and internal to USU, the DMEC will coordinate its tasks in military medical ethics with USU’s military medical leadership and professional development curriculum and programs to ensure that USU Students become ethical practitioners and leaders at all levels in the nation’s uniformed health services.  

The Ethicist of the Department of Defense Medical Ethics Center (DMEC) will report to the Director of the DMEC and will assist in the development, implementation and all other aspects of a comprehensive and integrated medical ethics curriculum related to the DoD Medical Ethics Program (DoDMEP).


  1. Provide ethics consultation and advise on inquiries regarding clinical ethics cases brought to the DMEC.
  2. Have a strong focus on Research Bioethics from a continuum of care perspective from the Bench to the Bedside.  
  3. Create and deliver new initiatives in research ethics in collaboration with the DMEC Director and affiliated staff. This includes participating in research ethics consultation, outreach to multidisciplinary staff members, collaboration with the military services, other government agencies, and other institutions affiliated with the government, including research staff and research compliance.
  4. Provide ethics consultation and advise on inquiries regarding organizational ethics issues that may be brought to the DMEC. 
  5. Assist, when requested, service Ethics Committees. Responsibilities include reporting/advising on educational programs as well as clinical, research and institutional ethics issues on a recurring basis.
  6. Collaborates with various stakeholders to identify the scope of the initiative, to create a plan for the initiative and to help implement new changes/programs as needed. This also includes assisting with policy changes where needed.
  7. Coordinate with DoD and service Quality Assurance, Patient Safety, and Healthcare Resolution Programs to improve delivery of ethical health care.
  8. Plan, develop, deliver and evaluate educational programs related to clinical ethics, research ethics and medical education at the DMEC in collaboration with the Director and affiliated DMEC staff.
  9. Organize courses and conferences in collaboration with the Director and affiliated DMEC staff.  
  10. Develop collaborative scholarly activities in ethics and contribute to the literature. Assist the DMEC in developing and maintain a repository of medical ethics information pertinent to military medical practice.
  11. Assists in the mentorship and academic/professional development of DMEC personnel and other professional colleagues within the Military Bioethics environment.  
  12. Perform all other duties that may be assigned in the best interest of the DMEC.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles, concepts and methods of health care ethics consultation and bioethics education that can be implemented in patient care setting required.
  • Knowledge of biomedical ethics terms, the bioethics literature, professional standards, methods of case analysis, JCAHO guidelines, and detailed understanding of medical terminology required.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and international health care rules regarding ethical health care practices required.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required.
  • Demonstrated experience with conflict resolution required.
  • Ability to navigate complex, ethical patient care issues required.
  • Ability to support Ethics Committee or other Military Treatment facility entities when requested required.

Minimum Education: The incumbent must possess an MD with additional education or experience in Bioethics, or a Ph.D. with Bioethics interest, training, and experience.

Minimum Experience/Training Requirements: 6 to 10 years related experience. Documented experience with clinical ethics consultation as individual consultant, experience with bioethics education (to include teaching/lecturing) and interdisciplinary collaboration required Experience in a healthcare setting with patient care, ethics committee education/ethics committee operations required.

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate-controlled environment.  The work is mostly sedentary.  Walking, bending, stooping, lifting and carrying laptops, books, and documents required.  Incumbent must be able to work collaboratively with a diverse range of individuals, military personnel, clinical providers, scientists, and administrators.  Must be able to communicate clearly in both written and oral form.

Background: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); eligibility to obtain and hold a Public Trust background.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.