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Donnelley Ethics Program

Please visit RIC's Donnelley Ethics Program Website to learn more

Educational Activities

The Donnelley Ethics Program provides a variety of educational activities for RIC staff and external audiences. If you would like to inquire about scheduling an educational session with the Ethics Program, please call (312) 238-1885 (RIC Staff can email *Ethics).

Educational Seminars

Educational seminars for RIC employees focus on the ethical dilemmas that health care providers and researchers face. Topics for seminars arise from staff suggestions and from issues raised with the Donnelley Ethics Program.

Schwartz Center Rounds® and Ethics Grand Rounds

Schwartz Center Rounds® are an opportunity for RIC employees to come together to discuss the emotional aspects of caregiving. The Donnelley Ethics Program hosts Schwartz Rounds every other month, and with over 175 attendees per Rounds, it is one of the most popular activities for staff. The Donnelley Ethics Program also hosts quarterly Ethics Grand Rounds through Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. The Ethics Grand Rounds feature a presentation on a specific ethical issue or concept.


In partnership with the RIC Academy, the Donnelley Ethics Program creates and delivers webinars on relevant ethical issues for both RIC and external audiences.

Research and Publications

Members of the Donnelley Ethics Program engage in research on a number of bioethics topics, and publish articles and present papers in various venues. The Donnelley Ethics Program strives to promote thoughtful examination of the moral questions surrounding disability, health care, and research, with both RIC and the community at large.

Medical Student Education

As part of their Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation clinical rotation, Northwestern Feinberg medical students are educated on Disability and Rehabilitation Ethics by the Donnelley Ethics Program.

Journal Clubs

The Donnelley Ethics Program leads the Current Controversies in Research Ethics journal club, in which researchers and clinicians are invited to discuss the ethical issues arising from an article concerning contemporary research topics written about in the popular press. The Donnelley Ethics Program also partners with a resident physician on a quarterly basis to present a clinical ethics article at the Resident Physician Journal Club.