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Winship Research Ethics Impact Fellowship

Overview

The Winship Impact Research Ethics Fellowship was created as a way to immerse qualified candidates in the field of ethics before he or she attends medical school. The fellowship provides extensive empirical ethics research experience, contact with patients, physicians, nurses, social workers and child life workers, introduction to clinic and hospital procedures, attendance at key meetings, participation in the Emory Center for Ethics programs, and one-on-one mentoring. Fellows are exposed to all aspects of academic medicine and they are considered a valuable member of the ethics team, participating in all projects as a co-investigator.

Winship Cancer Institute's policy of incorporating ethics companion studies in all major institutional grants is unique, and offers the fellow an unusual opportunity to be an integral part of an academic medical team. Winship's approach achieves multiple goals:

  • Clinical trials are designed with ethics specifically in mind
  • human subjects are respected, and
  • pressing research ethics questions are answered. 

Activities

During the year-long the fellowship, candidates can expect to be active in empirical research ethics. The fellow will participate in conducting and analyzing Dr. Rebecca Pentz's varied research portfolio, which will involve interacting with patients, patients' families, physicians, basic scientists and clinical researchers. The fellow will be expected to design and complete one empirical ethics project during his/her tenure, which will result in a first author manuscript.

The fellow is an integral part of the team and functions as a co-investigator. As a co-investigator, the fellow will independently do background research and contribute substantially to the development of the study design of all projects. He or she will have direct contact with patients and must use independent judgment to alert the ethics team if amendments are needed as the study progresses or if adverse events occur. The fellow will be expected to use academic judgment as a co-author for all manuscripts produced by the ethics section during his/her tenure. In addition, as a co-investigator, the fellow will manage research databases, develop flow sheets and other study related documents, and complete source document and case report forms.

Dr. Pentz will mentor the fellow in basic research ethics and the fellow will attend the Oncology Fellows Fundamentals of Clinical Research, directed and co-taught by Dr. Pentz. The fellow will have access to the enriching programs of the Emory Center for Ethics. The fellow will be invited to all the educational sessions conducted at Winship, including Grand Rounds and Special Symposia. The fellow will also have a travel budget to attend one conference during the year.

The fellow will participate in the various meetings at Winship, including the Clinical and Translational Research Committee, which reviews all cancer research protocols, and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, which reviews and guides usage of all pharmaceuticals and procedures. In addition, the fellow may meet with the Institutional Review Board and take part in the various grant preparation meetings during which basic scientists, clinical investigators, behavioral scientists, geneticists and other healthcare professionals participate in conceptualizing and designing research in the quest to find cures for cancer. 

Qualifications & Compensation

A Bachelor's Degree is required and candidates must intend to enter medical school. The annual salary is $26,500. Please note: this is an exempt position. Employees in this position are paid a monthly salary and are provided healthcare benefits, but are not eligible for overtime pay.