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Ethical Leadership

Use these four tips to foster an ethical environment and culture that will make it easier for employees to “do the right thing.”

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Certifying Ethics Consultants

Certifying Ethics Consultants

Developing a Certifying Examination for Health Care Ethics Consultants

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The National Center for Ethics in Health Care serves as VA's authoritative resource for addressing the complex ethical issues that arise in patient care, health care management, and research.

We provide information, education, and consultation and oversee nationwide programs and quality improvement projects to help health care practitioners and administrators to understand and apply health care ethics standards.

We also provide information to Veterans, patients, and their families to help them understand ethical issues that relate to their health care experience.


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New! Voices of Integrity – personal stories of VA employees who tell in their own words what integrity means to them as they work to serve Veterans. Take a listen!

The National Center for Ethics in Health Care is accepting applications for the VA Health Care Ethics Fellowship Program through June 10, 2016. Qualified individuals are VA employees who have demonstrated through their performance and experience the interest and ability to become highly skilled, knowledgeable and professional ethics consultants and ethics leaders. Click here for details and an application.

Ethics and Professionalism Grand Rounds. Watch this space for updates on continuing education credits and TMS course information.







Informed Consent Empowers Veterans” is the latest in our Dialed In podcast series for Veterans and their loved ones. In VA, “informed consent” means that your health care team makes sure you have the information you need to make the best decisions about your health care. This podcast discusses how to get the most out of an informed consent discussion with your health care provider, and suggests some questions you might want to ask.

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National Center for Ethics
in Health Care
Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420
Phone: (202) 632-8457
Fax: (202) 632-8456