Advanced Topics in Bioethics Elective
Preceptors: Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD and Arthur L. Caplan, PhD
Contact: Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org
This 4-session class will meet weekly for four weeks and build on the bioethics lectures and small group sessions you had in years 1-3. While the topics are not etched in stone, they will likely include:
- The "Bubble Boy" Case and the Limits of Human Experimentation
- Ethical Issues in Genetics and Genomics
- Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Death
- Compassionate Use and Last-Ditch Therapies.
Objectives of the Elective
To explore advanced topics in bioethics not covered in the regular medical school curriculum.
- To revisit some basic ethical concepts, such as paternalism and patient autonomy.
Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective
Students are expected to attend all four sessions, do all of the reading and writing assignments and actively participate in class discussions. Requirements will include one research paper, on a topic agreed upon between faculty and student that will involve substantial out-of-class preparation.
The class will be discussion format. Review of assigned articles will be mixed with watching videos. When possible, actual medical cases will be used to illuminate the topics. Students will also be encouraged to attend bioethics lectures and other events at the medical center.
Method of Evaluation
Grading will be based on the quality of written assignments and class participation.
Months Offered: Mar-Apr
Report to: Baron Lerner
Students per period: 6
Duration: Two weeks