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Bullet 1 Careers and Recruitment: Bioethics Programs Evolve as they Grow - This article by David Magnus is a good summary of areas within the field of bioethics and may be useful to students who are considering careers in the field. Bioethics is clearly growing. New programs are emerging and are likely to provide students with the empirical training they need to pursue positions within academic medicine, combined with enough philosophical grounding in ethics to help frame their research. The perceived need for some bioethics training is leading an increasing number of institutions, from hospitals to pharmaceutical companies, to seek bioethics training for its employees. This will create a greater need for bioethics programs. Research ethics is also likely to be a growth area in the future.

The Nature Biotechnology site can be searched for other articles describing career paths and work environment for bioethicists.

Bullet 2 Ethics Jobs and Careers - This site sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno includes links to job listings in the U.S. and abroad.

Bullet 3 Career Paths in Bioethics - This article provides a basic introduction to careers in bioethics. It is directed toward undergraduates but includes links that provide additional information.

Bullet 4 The Nuffield Council - This site explores diverse paths to careers in bioethics

Bullet 5 American Society for Bioethics and Humanities site posts current job vacancies. - Although the postings will vary, looking through them provides a sense of the diversity of academic jobs available

Bullet 6 Job openings in Bioethics - maintained by the American Journal of Bioethics
Educational Opportunities in Bioethics

There also are educational and training opportunities at the NIH.

Bullet 7The National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature (NCRBL) Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University - Has compiled a list of educational programs  from information sent to NRCBL for its Organizations database and is provided to the public as an educational service. It is organized by geographic region, and currently covers programs in Australia, Europe, Canada, and the United States in addition to information about the multi-institutional European Masters in Bioethics program. Programs in bioethics required at medical schools are not within the scope of this list. The NCRBL welcomes suggestions for additional programs or updates to the information provided

Bullet 8 International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award - The Fogarty International Center (FIC), in partnership with several NIH Institutes and the Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) support domestic and international educational and research institutions to develop or expand current graduate curricula and training opportunities in international bioethics related to performing research on acute and chronic diseases in low- and middle-income nations. The purposes of the program are to:

  1. improve the quality of international ethics training by supporting the development of courses to provide the skills for teaching and research related to bioethics and the conduct of medical research in developing countries.
  2. Support the advanced training of developing country professionals who can assume the roles and responsibilities of bioethicists involved in ethical review or clinical trial design in research and clinical investigations in their countries
  3. Develop and provide intensive short courses specifically designed for individuals directly involved in human subjects research ethical review and in conducting clinical trials in developing countries

Bullet 9 The Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics - The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable outstanding junior faculty members to carry out original research that will help resolve important policy and clinical dilemmas at the intersection of ethics and the life sciences. This research will also put Faculty Scholars in a position to help set public policy and standards of clinical practice

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