Advanced Topics in Bioethics: Race, Racism & COVID-19 Elective | NYU Grossman School of Medicine | NYU Langone Health

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Department of Medicine Elective Catalog Advanced Topics in Bioethics: Race, Racism & COVID-19 Elective

Advanced Topics in Bioethics: Race, Racism & COVID-19 Elective

Preceptors: Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD, Joseph Ravenell, MD, and Arthur L. Caplan, PhD
Contact: Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD, barron.lerner@nyulangone.org
Telephone: 914-433-6118

Prerequisites: None

Description

This elective, designed largely by NYU Medical students, explores the history and implications of race and racism in American medicine—a subject too often ignored in the narratives of our country. Medical research and teaching have frequently conflated race with biology, leading to dangerous, unscientific conclusions about the inferiority and "otherness" of non-white populations and immigrant groups. For decades, moreover, medical schools, hospitals, and professional organizations systematically excluded Black students and physicians as well as other minorities. This enduring history of exclusion speaks, in large part, to the health disparities so evident today during the COVID pandemic. Through this elective, students will read and discuss the most relevant literature relating to these vital issues, culminating in two polished writings with potential for outside publication: an op/ed article and a policy memo.

Objectives of the Elective

  • To study issues of race and racism in medicine and bioethics and why they are often ignored.

  • To explore how the COVID-19 epidemic has revealed health disparities among minorities.

Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective

Through this elective, which consists of six sessions over two weeks, students will read and discuss the most relevant literature relating to these vital issues, culminating in two polished writings with potential for outside publication: an op/ed article and a policy memo.

Didactic Program

The class will be discussion format. Review of assigned articles will be mixed with watching videos. Several NYU faculty members involved in bioethics and diversity will help to lead the sessions with, when possible, faculty from other institutions who have special expertise.

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: 8

Duration: Two weeks