Social Work PhD Student Research in Health Care Ethics

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics (FCME) at Indana University Health invites Indiana University School of Social Work PhD students to explore opportunities with the Fairbanks Center for completing the IUSSW S790 Independent Study and/or the S725 Social Work Research Internship.
The Fairbanks Center is a unique hospital-based ethics center, one of only a few in the United States.  Focusing on the ethics of patient care, and on the ethical lives of health care practitioners, FCME serves IU Health and the central Indiana community through interdisciplinary collaboration in ethics consultation, education, research, and service.

FCME staff include three physician ethicists, a PhD nurse ethicist, an internationally renowned expert in communication, an attorney/ethicist, an expert in organizational ethics, and a licensed clinical social worker.  Others collaborating in the Center’s mission include a large interdisciplinary group of health care professionals from IU Health hospitals and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

On-going and new research projects within the Fairbanks Center include prognostic communication, surrogate decision making for elders with cognitive impairments, medical error and disclosure, assessment of moral distress in nurses, evaluation of the organizational ethical climate of a large health care system, and systematic evaluation of several FCME programs.

Course descriptions for S725 and S790 are available at the Indiana University School of Social Work website.

For additional information contact:

Margaret E. Adamek, PhD -
Director, PhD Program
Indiana University School of Social Work

Patricia D. Bledsoe, MEd, MSW, LCSW -
Program Manager
Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics