Fellowship in Oncology Chaplaincy

Fellowship in Oncology Chaplaincy

Located in the beautiful Northwest, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) unites three internationally renowned cancer care and research institutions—Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), and Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. It is one of twenty-one National Comprehensive Cancer Network centers in the nation.

The Department of Chaplaincy at SCCA provides relationally-grounded, outcomes-oriented, and research-informed chaplaincy care to culturally and spiritually diverse patients, family, and staff, both inpatient (at UWMC) and outpatient (at SCCA and at the Northwest Hospital campus). We are a department of six chaplains regularly providing chaplaincy care.

The chaplains are responsible for the outpatient care at the Seattle Cancer Alliance where nearly 80,000 patient visits occur each year and for about 130 inpatients with a cancer diagnosis at UWMC.

SCCA offers a year-long Fellowship in Oncology Chaplaincy beginning the Monday after Labor Day each year. The clinical responsibilities are primarily with inpatient and outpatient adult general oncology and hematopoietic cell transplant populations. Utilizing the resources of both the chaplains and the academic/research health care setting, the education possibilities include both clinical and theological learning as well as learning about the scientific and ethical dimensions of cancer research and treatment. One will experience excellent educational opportunities in oncology chaplaincy and outpatient chaplaincy as well as complete 1,500 hours that should contribute toward one’s one year experience requirement for certification. (Please verify with one’s certifying body.)

The four foci of the Fellowship include

  • Clinical practice: relationally-grounded, outcomes-oriented, research informed
  • Critical reflection: spiritual assessment, research literacy, and theological and behavioral science
  • Spiritual formation/growth 
  • Self-awareness.

The program seeks a detail-oriented person who functions well in complex contexts and want to be stretched and grow clinically, intellectually, and spiritually. The ideal candidate must have excellent chaplaincy care gifts, work well both independently and with other colleagues (e.g., within a department of six and with health care teams), function well in complex contexts, have good analytical skills, and work well with electronic charting and Microsoft Office. The chaplain must be committed to learning and providing outcomes-oriented, evidence-based chaplaincy care, must work will in an oncology and academic health care context, an must have a strong desire to become more research literate in the field.

The minimal objective requirements for the Fellowship are a master degree in theological studies (e.g., Masters in Divinity), four units of CPE, ordination/commissioning for ministry, and religious group endorsement for chaplaincy, i.e., certification eligible.

Applications are received in the spring of each year. Please watch the Association of Professional Chaplains website’s “Job Opportunities” (www.professionalchaplains.org).

For more information please contact Reverend Stephen King, PhD at (206) 288-1099 or sking@seattlecca.org. To apply, complete an online application, including a cover letter that has information about your learning style and you preliminary learning goals/expectations, your resume, and a detailed verbatim and analysis reflecting your current level of practice.

Four Foci of the Fellowship

Details about the focus of this fellowship training.

Educational and Clinical Expectations

Expectations of the fellowship participants.

Fellowship Bibliography(Partial)

Resources used in the fellowship program.