Cleveland Clinic's Clinical Ethics Immersion Program is a rigorous immersion learning experience with a three-day preparatory intensive course. Through the three-day intensive course, program participants will come together to learn classical methods of ethics consultation as well as new and emerging approaches in clinical ethics. The one-on-one immersion component of the course will be tailored to the individual participant's learning needs, and will include a focused study of a specialty within clinical ethics. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the clinical setting on an ethics consultation service that conducts more than 600 consultations annually. They will do so under the guidance and expertise of the Bioethics faculty of Cleveland Clinic.

Participants will benefit from the Department's 30-year history of innovation and integration into the core fabric of one of the nation's best hospital systems. Cleveland Clinic's health care delivery model serves as an example of sustainability in this era of healthcare reform; the employed-physician model of the main campus and the combined employed and private-practice model of the system's community hospitals provide participants with a full spectrum of institutional cultures, including a faith-based hospital, in which clinical ethics consultants practice.



CLEIP participants will gain an appreciation of the full spectrum of a clinical ethics program through the combined intensive classroom learning and ethics consultation immersion experiences. Participants are expected to commit to both components of the program.

The program will begin with the three-day classroom intensive at Cleveland Clinic on April 5-7, 2019, taught by Cleveland Clinic Faculty. The intensive will offer a combination of seminars and workshops to apply their knowledge and practice their ethics consultation skills in a supportive learning environment. The small class size (10-participant limit annually) contributes to the individualized, supportive environment and fosters long-term professional relationships among participants. Participants will also have other opportunities to network with professionals who share an interest in clinical ethics.

Topics covered include:

  • Clinical Ethics within Institutional Culture
  • Ethics Committees
  • Clinical Ethics Program
    • Ethics Consultation
      • Philosophy & Approaches to Ethical Analysis
      • Models
      • Consultation Toolkits
      • Consultants’ Role & Skills
      • Communication Skills
      • Conflict Management Skills
    • Ethics Education Program Development
    • Ethics-related Policy Development

CLEIP Director will work with each participant to develop a plan for the immersion experience specifically tailored to his or her needs and interests. Participants will identify a specialized area of study on which to focus.

Areas of Study include:

  • Clinical Ethics Program Development
  • Ethics & Genomics
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Informed Consent & Decision-Making Capacity
  • NeuroEthics
  • Pediatric Ethics
  • Reproductive Ethics
  • Research Ethics
  • Transplant Ethics

During the immersion experience, participants will work one on one with Cleveland Clinic Bioethicists and will:

  • Participate in ethics consults as a team member
  • Develop a mini-portfolio consistent with Attestation model
  • Teach a bioethics topic to clinical caregivers in a case-based presentation
  • Create an educational resource on one substantive clinical ethics topic to use upon return to their hospitals


CLEIP – Full Program (Intensive & Immersion)

Please submit a letter of interest, including how you plan to apply the training to your current or future positions and a cv/resume.

Participants will be selected on a competitive basis. All participants must meet Cleveland Clinic trainee/visitor requirements. Class size will be limited to 10 participants.

Course Dates:

  • Intensive – April 5-7, 2019
  • Immersion – Scheduled individually, must be completed within 1 year of Intensive

December 1, 2018
Please submit electronically through email to: cleip@ccf.org

Please complete and mail your registration to:

Clinical Ethics Immersion Program
Cleveland Clinic Department of Bioethics/JJ60
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195

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Tuition & Expenses

  • $7350 (Intensive + 3 weeks)
  • $6100 (Intensive + 2 weeks)
  • Special rates available for groups of two or more.
  • Lodging: Participants are responsible for own lodging arrangements; discounted rates available.
  • Transportation: Participants are responsible for own transportation to/from and within Cleveland.
  • Parking: Provided by the Department of Bioethics.


Who should apply for this program?

  • Professionals in healthcare, including physicians, nurses, clergy, social workers, clinical ethics consultants and members of ethics committees
  • Professionals who teach bioethics, law, philosophy, or another related discipline.
  • Those seeking to develop ethics consultation skills, understand how core Bioethical concepts and frameworks are applied in the clinical setting, and gain an appreciation of the scope of clinical ethics activities within the context of an integrated, busy ethics consultation service.
  • Not sure? Contact us. We’ll be happy to talk to you about ClEIP

I am a lawyer and serve on the local hospital’s Ethics Committee. I also recently completed an online Master’s Degree in Bioethics. Is this a good program for me?
Yes! As a ClEIP participant, you will see a wide-array of ethics consultations, ranging from relatively straight-forward requests for clarification or guidance to complex ethical dilemmas.

I recently completed a Master’s Degree in Bioethics online. Is this program right for me?
Yes! Participation in ClEIP will give you the opportunity to connect your academic expertise with the realities of clinical medicine.

I just finished college and want to become a doctor. Bioethics is so interesting! Is this program right for me?
Not yet. While we encourage you to pursue your interest in Bioethics as you proceed on your path through medical school, this program is not intended as an introduction to bioethics. Fortunately, there are great Bioethics programs available that might suit your needs better at this time.

Is Public Transportation available?
Public Transportation options are very limited in Cleveland. Participants will need to be able to travel among Cleveland Clinic System Hospitals for at least one week of the immersion experience.  

Are there choices for accommodations?
Yes, here's some hotels that offer a Cleveland Clinic rate:

Intercontinental Hotel
9801 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
Reservations: 216.707.4100

Intercontinental Suits Hotel
8800 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
Reservations: 216.707.4300

Double Tree by Hilton -The Tudor Arms Hotel
10660 Carnegie Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216.455.1260
Distance: 0.4 miles from Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus

Residence Inn Cleveland-Beachwood
3628 Park E Dr. Beachwood, OH 44122
Phone: 216.831.3031
Distance: 8.8 miles from Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus

Residence Inn Cleveland-Downtown
527 Prospect Ave. E. Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216.443.9043
Distance: 4.0 miles from Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus
Public Transit "HealthLine" available to Main Campus

Courtyard by Marriott University Circle
2021 Cornell Rd. Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216.791.5678
Distance: 1.3 miles from Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus

Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square
1260 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216.615.7500
Distance: 3.2 miles from Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus

Double Tree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown-Lakeside
Cleveland-Downtown Lakeside/1111 Lakeside Ave. E. Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216.241.5100
Distance: 3.6 miles from Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus

Contact Us

Contact Us

Margot M. Eves, JD, MA, Director
Hilary Mabel, JD, Associate Director

Phone: 216.444.8720
Email: cleip@ccf.org