Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Medical Ethics Pathway



Course Overview


First-Year Required Ethics Thread Curriculum

The new Ethics Thread curriculum is integrated into the medical school curriculum, which begins in fall of the MS1 year and continues throughout the academic year.  A combination of asynchronous learning modules and 11 active learning sessions (a combination of in-person and virtual) introduce students to foundational topics in medical ethics, including basic principles of medical ethics, informed consent and refusal, medical decision-making, end-of-life, and pediatric ethics. 

Second-Year Elective Seminar: Bioethics Seminar - MEETH-417

This seminar provides students with an understanding of the philosophical, historical, legal and religious underpinnings of bioethical debates. Course Director: Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A.

Third-Year Clinical Elective: Introduction to Clinical Medical Ethics - MEETH-418

This clinical elective combines weekly clinical experiences or supplemental activities and seminars to provide an in-depth introduction to clinical ethics. Course Director: Adam Omelianchuk, Ph.D. and Ryan Dougherty, Ph.D.

Fourth-Year Research Elective: Scholarly Project - MEETH-419

During their fourth year, students complete an independent study, during which they engage in a supervised project that could take the form of either a paper or a project on a topic in clinical ethics. Course Director: Vasiliki Rahimzadeh, Ph.D. and Adam Omelianchuk, Ph.D.




Students who complete the Baylor Medical Ethics Pathway are presented a certificate during a special reception and poster showcase held the morning of graduation. Family members are encouraged to attend.