Cleveland Clinic's Clinical Ethics Immersion Program (CLEIP) is a rigorous learning experience with a three-day preparatory intensive course and a two or three week immersion in the Center for Bioethics. Through the three-day intensive course, program participants will learn classical methods and emerging approaches in ethics consultation and practice ethics consultation skills. The one-on-one immersion component of the course will be tailored to the individual participant's learning needs. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge in the clinical setting on an ethics consultation service that conducts more than 600 consultations annually. They will do so under the guidance of the Bioethics faculty, whose areas of expertise include:

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

Participants will benefit from the Center'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:

  • Ethics Consultation Models & Approaches 
  • Clinical Ethics within Institutional Culture
  • Clinical Ethics Program Development
  • Ethics Committee Structure & Responsibilities
  • Consultation Toolkits
  • Consultants' Roles
  • Ethical Analysis
  • Communication Skills
  • Note-Writing Skills
  • Relationship-Centered Trust
  • Facilitating Family Meetings

The CLEIP Directors will work with each participant to develop a plan for the immersion experience specifically tailored to his or her needs and interests.

During the immersion experience, participants will work one on one with Bioethics faculty and will:

  • Participate in ethics consults
  • Attend Center for Bioethics meetings and educational opportunities
  • Produce three case write-ups, each reflecting a different aspect of ethics consultation: consultation process, ethical analysis, and emotional impact


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 and are expected to commit to both the intensive and immersion components of the program. All participants must meet Cleveland Clinic trainee/visitor requirements. Class size will be limited to 10 participants.

Dates: March 27-29, 2020

  • Immersion experience will be scheduled individually
  • Must be completed within 1 year of intensive course

Deadline: December 2, 2019

How To Apply: Please submit applications electronically to cleip@ccf.org.

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Tuition & Expenses

  • $7,350 (Intensive + 3 weeks)
  • $6,100 (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 Center for Bioethics.


Who should apply for this program?

  • Professionals in healthcare, including physicians, nurses, clergy, social workers, clinical ethics consultants and members of ethics committees, seeking to enhance their clinical ethics skills and expand their consultation experience.
  • Professionals who teach bioethics, law, philosophy, or another related discipline at the undergraduate or graduate level and who are looking for experience to ground their teaching in clinical practice.
  • Those seeking to develop ethics consultation skills, understand how core ethical concepts and frameworks are applied in the clinical setting, and gain an appreciation of the scope of clinical ethics activities.
  • Not sure? Contact us. We’ll be happy to talk to you about CLEIP.

I am considering this program and also looking at bioethics fellowships. Which would better prepare me for a career as a clinical ethicist?
CLEIP is not designed to adequately prepare you to begin work primarily as a clinical ethicist; for those career aspirations, a bioethics fellowship would better suit your learning needs.

I have worked in hospitals for 20 years and was just appointed to lead the Ethics Committee at my hospital. Is this program right for me?
Yes! You will learn about ethics program development, develop or enhance your ethics consultation skills, and explore ways in which the ethics consultant’s role differs from your primary role.

I recently completed a Master’s Degree in Bioethics online and am trying to figure out what career path I would be most interested in pursuing.
Participation in CLEIP will give you the opportunity to connect your academic expertise with the realities of clinical medicine, and may help clarify where your interests lie (i.e., clinical ethics or academia.)

I am a lawyer and serve on the local hospital’s Ethics Committee. 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 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 other great bioethics programs available that might suit your needs.

Are there choices for accommodations?
Yes, there are several hotels in the area, and a special rate has been secured for the intensive weekend. This information will be available to accepted participants.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Margot M. Eves, JD, MA, Director
Hilary Mabel, JD, Associate Director
Phone: 216.444.8720
Email: cleip@ccf.org

Cleveland Clinic Center for Bioethics/JJ-60
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195