Dr. Rebeca Martinez is one of the country’s first physicians to receive the national Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certification
(HEC-C) from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
“Clinical Bioethics is a perfect complement to an obstetrician. Obstetrics and gynecology offer many opportunities to apply clinical ethics,” says Martinez. “My goal is to not just teach future physicians, but also instill in them the need to incorporate clinical ethics in their medical career and practice thus creating more conscientious physicians that will improve the quality of medical care in our community.”
Martinez, a physician at FIU Health, is an assistant professor in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also serves as the OBGYN co-clerkship director and teaches ethics to medical students through the HWCOM ethics division.
Seeing many opportunities where bioethics was involved in routine medical care, Martinez decided to become formally educated in the field and obtained a Master’s Degree in Health Ethics (MHE) from Creighton University in 2012. She has been a member of the bioethics committee at Mount Sinai Medical Center since 2014 and when the certificate in clinical ethics consultations became available this year, Martinez applied for certification and passed the examination.
“The HEC-C credential is a valuable asset to both practicing health care ethics consultants and hospital ethics committee members,” says Marin Gillis who heads the Division of Ethics, Humanities, and the Arts.