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National Center for Ethics in Health Care


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Programs and Projects

The National Center for Ethics in Health Care oversees a number of programs and projects that provide training and other opportunities for staff to increase their skills and knowledge of health care ethics, and that support ethics quality in the health care provided to our Veterans.



NCEHC plays a leading role in using technology to empower patients and promote shared decision making through its support of iMedConsent®, a software application that helps clinicians manage the informed consent process electronically.


NCEHC has developed this Web-based software program to document, track, evaluate, manage, and continuously improve ethics consultation quality. ECWeb reinforces a systematic approach to ethics consultation and enables consultants to produce comprehensive, standardized records of their ethics consultation data to serve for reference, reporting, and quality improvement purposes.

William A. Nelson Award

The Nelson award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to promoting ethical health care practice in VHA through excellence, dedication, and accomplishment in the field of health care ethics.

Ethics Consultation Fellowship

This one-year, intensive program is designed for VA physicians and other experienced health care professionals who wish to gain training to enhance their ability to serve as leaders in health care ethics consultation within VHA.

Ethics in Health Care Internship

NCEHC's Ethics in Health Care Internship provides a unique opportunity for individuals with a career interest in applying ethics in a health care organization to gain on-the-job experience. Interns work in close collaboration with the NCEHC’s multidisciplinary team of professionals and are exposed to a range of clinical, organizational, and research ethics issues.