Assessing Clinical Ethics Skills in Simulation Based Education

‌The Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics at Loyola University Chicago is committed to the education and training of healthcare professionals who conduct ethics consultation and sit on ethics committees.  Following the outline of the Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation published by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), we offer formal training, educational materials and evaluation assessment for conducting clinical ethics consultation.

In response to the standards set for clinical ethics consultants by ASBH, we have developed the Assessing Clinical Ethics Skills (ACES) tool which utilizes trained raters to evaluate the interpersonal skills of clinical ethics consultants during live and recorded ethics case simulations.  The ACES tool is used in two of our courses to evaluate the interpersonal skills of clinical ethics consultants during “live” ethics case simulations. 

Our Bioethics & Health Policy graduate programs offer an:

  • Ethics Consultation Simulation Seminar course that provides simulated ethics consultation, practice in communication and interaction skills, and provides constructive feedback.
  • In the Advanced Clinical Ethics Skills course, participants receive advanced simulation training and develop their ethics consultation portfolios for quality attestation.


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