The MacLean for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago offers the oldest, largest, and most successful clinical ethics fellowship in the world. Dr. Mark Siegler, the Founding Director of the MacLean Center, created the first clinical ethics fellowship in the nation in 1981. Since then, the MacLean Center faculty members have trained more than 300 fellows, many of whom have gone on to direct their own ethics programs. While most fellows are physicians, we welcome those interested in medical ethics from any perspective, including philosophy, theology, nursing, law, and the social sciences. The MacLean Center, with more than 40 faculty members from many disciplines, provides an outstanding setting for training in clinical medical ethics. We also offer specialized fellowships in surgical ethics and pediatric ethics. Additionally, through a partnership with the United States Veterans Administration (VA) hospital system, three VA medical professionals per year are selected by the VA through a national search to participate in the MacLean Center ethics fellowship training program.
Each year, the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics trains twenty fellows. While 70% of fellows are physicians, we encourage applications from those interested in medical ethics from any perspective, including philosophy, theology, nursing, law, and the social sciences.
The MacLean Center fellowship graduates have been extraordinarily successful. The Center has trained over 300 fellows since 1984. Nineteen of those fellows have held endowed chairs, twenty-one of them have directed ethics programs in the U.S., Canada, Europe and China, and they can be found on faculty at over 50 university ethics programs