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Department: MEFAM-Family and Community Medicine
Course: 417-Seminar Series in Bioethics
Track: Ethics Track

Course Director: Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.
Course Faculty: Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 30
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 4
Pre-requisites: None but typically taken in MS2
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Mon.-Fri. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This is a seminar designed to provide the student with an understanding of the theoretical foundations of the discipline of bioethics. The seminar explores competing theories and arguments in bioethics by careful reading of articles covering major issues such as physician assisted suicide, rationality and decision making capacity, definitions of death and personhood, religious based refusals of medical treatment for children, allocation and procurement of organs for transplantation, and justice in emerging genetic technologies for human enhancement and disease treatment.
Learning Activities
Students attend a once monthly meeting usually held from 6-8 p.m. throughout the academic year (August-April). Students area asked to complete a minimal amount of reading in preparation for seminar, come with a short question/criticism/reflection about the reading, and participate in seminar discussion. Students are allowed 2 pre-arranged, excused absences. One evening (6 to 8 p.m) per month from August-April. We aim to offer the seminar two evenings per month so that students can pick the one that best fits their clinical schedules (once clinical rotations begin in January).
Evaluation Methods
To pass the course students must complete the course requirements as outlined above.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Information will be sent upon start of elective
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Betsy Kusin
Contact Phone: 713-798-6804
Contact Fax:
Contact Location: Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy 301D

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