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Bliss Named Ombudsperson for College of Medicine

Sally Bliss, R.N., M.S.B.
Sally Bliss, R.N., M.S.B., clinical ethicist at Fletcher Allen Health Care and UVM adjunct assistant professor of medicine, has been appointed as ombudsperson for the UVM College of Medicine. (Photo courtesy of Sally Bliss)

Sally Bliss, R.N., M.S.B., clinical ethicist at Fletcher Allen Health Care and University of Vermont adjunct assistant professor of medicine, has been appointed as ombudsperson for the UVM College of Medicine. In this new position, Bliss will report to College of Medicine Dean Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., and work closely and collaboratively with the Learning Environment and Professionalism Committee chaired by David Adams, M.D., UVM associate dean of graduate medical education and associate professor of anesthesiology.

As ombudsperson, Bliss will provide medical students, residents, and fellows with a neutral, safe and confidential environment to talk. Her responsibilities will include listening to concerns and complaints, discussing options, engaging in unbiased diplomacy, and providing information and referrals to appropriate resources. In this role, she will not participate in existing academic processes, the formal grievance process, or the academic evaluation of learners.

A nurse and bioethicist, Bliss began her career at the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (now Fletcher Allen) as a nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, where she gained the knowledge and skills required to support patients, families and multidisciplinary professionals. She also served as a house-wide clinical supervisor and administrator, assuring clinical integrity and interdisciplinary collaboration. Bliss holds a Master of Science degree in bioethics from the Union Graduate College/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Program for Bioethics, where she taught for four years as an assistant professor of clinical ethics. She returned to Fletcher Allen in 2009 in the Office of Clinical Ethics, where she is currently serving as interim director while Robert Macauley, M.D., is on sabbatical.

Contact the Ombudsperson at sally.bliss@vtmednet.org or 802-847-5155, or through the confidential reporting system on COMET.