Visiting Scholars and Internships

Program for Neuroethics & Clinical Consciousness

The John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics

The John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center introduces a research program devoted to the intersections of philosophy, neuroscience, empirical psychology, and clinical neurology. The Program for Neuroethics and Clinical Consciousness (PNCC) serves as a special research unit of the Lynch Center, contributing to relevant policy and practice, such as institutional criteria for brain death, improved evaluations of decision-making capacity in disorders of consciousness, and specialized analyses of clinical cases involving neurointensive care. In addition, the PNCC invites scholars of relevant disciplinary backgrounds and at various degrees of study, to collaborate in investigating the ontological and normative clinical implications of ongoing advances within these fields. Papers resulting from this work will be fast-tracked for publication in a special PNCC section of the Journal of Hospital Ethics. 

Fall 2019 PNCC Visiting Scholars

Alexander Villafranca, BESS., MSc, PhD(c) 
Research Associate 
Department of Anesthesiology 
Perioperative and Pain Medicine 
Max Rady School of Medicine 
University of Manitoba 

Benjamin Ross, PhD 
Department of Philosophy & Religion 
University of North Texas

To apply* for a position as Visiting Scholar, please provide the following documents and submit directly to:

Christian Carrozzo, Program for Neuroethics and Clinical Consciousness
[email protected]

  • Name and Institutional Affiliation
  • Letter of Research Intent (500 words or less, describing your thesis, area of intended scholarship focus, and the time frame for which you are applying)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Recommendation (Optional)

*Visiting Scholar applicants are expected to hold a midlevel post-graduate degree, e.g. MA, MS, MPH, or be enrolled in a terminal degree graduate program, e.g. advanced PhD or medical student. Applicants will be considered regardless of institutional affiliation or geographic location. Copyright 2019 PNCC Program for Neuroethics & Clinical Consciousness. The John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.  All Rights Reserved. Photo credit @iStock/iLexx 

Clinical Internships

The John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center invites applications for our undergraduate and graduate internships. MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC), is a 900+ bed, Level I trauma center that provides a rich clinical ethics experience for interns at every level of training. Because the Center provides a 24/7, 365 day a year clinical ethics consultation service, running approximately 400 consultations yearly, interns are assured a deep clinical ethics experience.

Interns join the Center staff on clinical rounds in MWHC’s nine intensive care units, attend meetings of the hospital’s ethics committee, including subcommittees of education, consultation, policy, and organizational ethics, and observe clinical ethics consultations. In addition, our interns join staff on regularly scheduled interdisciplinary meetings and internal education activities, such as noon conferences for medical residents and moral distress programming for clinicians.

Interns will be required to give an independent presentation to the hospital’s ethics committee and collaborate on ongoing projects with Center staff, possibly including the development of a paper project with the aim of publication. Internships are 6-8 weeks in the summer (beginning in June) and winter months (beginning in January). Interns are expected to commit to a minimum of 15 hours a week.

Applicants are expected to have previously engaged in coursework related to, or experience in, bioethics, and hold a particular interest in clinical ethics. Applicants must submit:

  • Letter of intent, outlining his/her interest in the field of clinical bioethics
  • Letter of recommendation from a former professor/mentor
  • Academic transcript

Completed applications and further inquiries should be sent to: Kahlia Kéita at [email protected].