Advanced Topics in Bioethics Elective | NYU Grossman School of Medicine | NYU Langone Health

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Department of Medicine Elective Catalog Advanced Topics in Bioethics Elective

Advanced Topics in Bioethics Elective

Preceptors: Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD and Arthur L. Caplan, PhD
Contact: Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD,
Telephone: 914-433-6118

Prerequisites: None


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:

  1. The "Bubble Boy" Case and the Limits of Human Experimentation
  2. Ethical Issues in Genetics and Genomics
  3. Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Death
  4. 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.

Didactic Program

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.

Scheduling Information

Months Offered: Mar-Apr

Report to: Baron Lerner

Students per period: 6

Duration: Two weeks