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

Prerequisites: None


This class will meet in person or on Zoom 4-5 times over a two-week period and build on the bioethics lectures and small group sessions you had in years 1-3. The topics will likely be selected from the following: 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; The Ethics of Xenotransplantation; and Exploring Race and Racism in the History of Medicine.

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.
  • To analyze cutting-edge issues in the world of bioethics.

Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective

Students are expected to attend all sessions, do all of the reading assignments, actively participate in class discussions and present one or more of the assigned articles.

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: March and April
Report to: Baron Lerner
Students per period: 6
Duration: Two weeks