AMBI has provided bedside clinical ethics consultation services for patients, caregivers, families and staff since 1994. It is one of the keystones of our commitment to quality health care.
Clinical Ethics Consultation Service
The past few years have brought unprecedented growth in medical technology. Each day brings new treatment options to patients, families, and health care providers. As a result, they face more decisions, especially more ethical decisions, than ever before. Instead of asking "What can be done?" they often find themselves asking "What should be done?" What is right for one patient may be wrong for another. We try to help identify the patient’s values and support a care plan which respects individual choices and preferences.
Our role is to assist and support, not make decisions for patients. We advocate for the best interests of the patient and often help families to clarify what those interests might be. Our medical, nursing, and support staffs can utilize too this service as many decisions require further exploration of multiple issues.
The options presented by the Ethics Consultation Service are of an advisory nature only, and are not binding. Of course, all services are completely confidential.
Specially trained and qualified medical ethics consultants offer the services. To help identify and address the diverse issues that can develop, the consultants explore the values and concerns of the patient, family, and staff. They also draw from the expertise of physicians, nurses, social workers, pastoral care representatives, hospital administration, legal counsel, and others.
Forms for Patients and Families
Among the materials made available at admission to Albany Medical Center are a Health Care Proxy and a Living Will Form. Additional resources and information about the New York State Family Health Care Decisions Act and Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment are available for patients, families, and providers throughout the institution.
Clinical Ethics Consultants
Wayne Shelton, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Jane Jankowski, L.M.S.W., M.S.
Dan Thompson, M.D.
Bruce White, D.O., J.D.
A Resource for Patients, Families, Physicians, and Staff
Research Ethics Consultations Service
The faculty of the Alden March Bioethics Institute is also available to provide consultations on research ethics and the responsible conduct of research. Consultations are available for any questions regarding research including research misconduct, mentoring, publication ethics, conflict of interest, and ethical use of human and animal subjects. All consultations are confidential.
Consultations will also provide assistance to applicants of federal training and development award to provide plans for meeting requirements for training and education in the responsible conduct of research.
Research Ethics Consultants
John Kaplan, Ph.D.
Dan Thompson, M.D.
Zubin Master, Ph.D.
To request a research ethics consultations, please call Claire Frazier at (518) 262-9396, or email her at FrazieC@mail.amc.edu