Debating an Accreditation Council

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Should those who purport to train individual clinical ethics consultants using the ASBH educational core competencies as a guide establish an Accreditation Council on Graduate Bioethics Education (ACGBE)?

Draft compact signatory attestation statement for those who sign the compact establishing the Provisional Accreditation Council on Graduate Bioethics Education (pACGBE)

Each signatory to the compact establishing the pACGBE must sign a statement attesting to the fact that:

  • He or she is the managing director or designated alternate (regardless of title held) of a post-baccalaureate educational program that purports to train individual clinical ethics consultants or that graduates students who make the unchallenged claim that they have the peer-accepted educational background and skills to serve as individual clinical ethics consultants;
  • The educational program so described is affiliated with an organization accredited by a recognized regional accrediting body for colleges or universities or affiliated with an institution that has training programs accredited by a review committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME);
  • The faculty of the educational program so described uses the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation and the ASBH Improving Competencies in Clinical Ethics Consultation: An Education Guide as curriculum tools or frameworks in developing courses or topics of study and evaluating students who may wish to serve as individual clinical ethics consultants after completion of the program so described;
  • Students who complete the required course of study in the educational program so described are awarded a certificate or diploma;
  • Students who are awarded a certificate or diploma from the program so described and who may wish to serve as individual clinical ethics consultants should be able to successfully pass a peer-developed and peer-recognized written examination which tests knowledge in the educational core competencies detailed in the ASBH Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation (or some similar examination which may become part of a process leading to certification as an individual clinical ethics consultant by an peer-recognized and authorized entity);
  • He or she agrees that participation in the pACGME and any successor organization should be voluntary and motivated by a sincere desire to further the provision and improvement of clinical ethics consultation services for the benefit of the public and in the public interest; and
  • He or she agrees that holding a certificate or diploma from an educational program so described and which may become accredited by the pACGBE or any successor organization should not be used as a prerequisite requirement for sitting for the peer-developed and peer-recognized written examination described above until after December 31, 2014.

Only one (1) person may sign the compact from each regionally accredited or nationally affiliated clinical ethics educational program that purports to train individual clinical ethics consultants or that graduates students who make the unchallenged claim that they have the peer-accepted educational background and skills to serve as individual clinical ethics consultants.

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