Consortium Ethics Program

Director, Aviva Katz, MD, MA

Administrator, Jody Stockdill

Marketing & Communications Specialist, Sarah Sudar


Welcome to the Consortium Ethics Program at the

University of Pittsburgh.

Established in 1990, the Consortium Ethics Program (CEP) is a collaborative effort of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, and University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law. The CEP is the premier regional health care ethics education network in western Pennsylvania serving the surrounding tri-state area. We have provided continuing education for nurses, physicians, social workers, and others from participating health care institutions in the language, methods, and literature of health care ethics. We have members from all areas of health care including: adult and pediatric hospitals, long-term care facilities, home-care providers, third-party insurers, as well as individual members. Learn more about the CEP here!


The CEP is accepting membership inquiries for the 2015-2016 year. Click here to learn about CEP membership opportunities! 

News and Announcements

CEP Spring Class Dates Announced.

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Special One-Day Conference:




Monday April 20, 2015  

8:30 am – 4:15 pm 

Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania

500 Commonwealth Drive

Warrendale, PA 15086


This day-long conference will enhance the skills of those currently performing ethics consults and provide a foundation for health care professionals on their journey to becoming ethics consultants. The purpose and function of an ethics consult will be reviewed and the essential components needed to structure an effective ethics consult service will be discussed. Using the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Core Competencies as a guide, the framework and skills required for an ethics consultant will be reviewed. In addition, the intersection of law and ethics in assessing difficult patient care situations will be discussed. Health care professionals will also have the opportunity to participate in simulated ethics case consultations.

Overall Objectives:  At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Define and identify the elements and key processes of an ethics consult.
  2. Discuss the ASBH competencies required of the clinical ethics consultant.
  3. Compare and contrast ethics versus legal consultation.
  4. Develop strategies to enhance and improve ethics consultation skills.

Who Should Attend: This conference is open to all health care professionals who are actively performing ethics consultations who would like to refresh their skills and to new ethics consultants and health care professionals serving on ethics committees who are interested in performing ethics consults.


Topics Will Include:

Building a Clinical Ethics Service: Foundational Elements

Valerie Satkoske, PhD

Director of Ethics

Wheeling Hospital


Frameworks for Ethics Consultation

Mark P. Aulisio, PhD

Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics at MetroHealth

Professor of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University

Contrasting the Roles of Ethics and Law in the Hospital

Valarie Blake, JD, MA

Visiting Assistant Professor

Duquesne University School of Law


Ethics Consultation Simulations

Elizabeth K. Chaitin, MSW, DHCE

Director, Quality & Ethics

UPMC Palliative & Supportive Institute


Cost: Includes all materials, continuing education credits, break services, and lunch.


Registration Received by

March 2, 2015

Registration Received After

March 2, 2015

Non-CEP Member



Discounted Rate for CEP Member Institutions



** 10% discount for any hospital registering more than 4 people at the same time **

Full conference brochure and registration form are available here.


Upcoming CEP Events

CEP Spring Classes

March 10, 2015

April 13, 2015

May 18, 2015

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Contact Us

University of Pittsburgh

Consortium Ethics Program

160 North Craig Street

Suite 204

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-315-7193

Fax: 412-904-3098

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Last updated: January 26, 2015