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Department: MEFAM-Family and Community Medicine
Course: 419-Research in Clinical Medical Ethics
Track: Ethics Track

Course Director: Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.
Course Faculty: Laurence McCullough, Ph.D.,Dr. Mary Majumber,Dr. Amy McGuire,David Mann,Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.,Courtenay R. Bruce, J.D., M.A.,Dr. Nathan Allen,Dr. Adam Pena,Savitri Fedson,Stephanie Morain
Elective Location: OTHR
Elective Offered Terms:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 0
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Research
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: MEFAM 417 and MS4
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This clinical elective is designed to offer suitably prepared students an opportunity to do medical ethics research of a conceptual or empirical nature and to write up a preliminary research report of approximately 3,000 words. Students whose work is judged to be of potentially publishable quality are assigned a grade of honors and are encouraged to submit their work for publication.
Learning Activities
Research on topic (with well-formulated research question) in medical ethics, writing of research paper on topic in medical ethics, preparation for journal submission if desired and of publishable quality, presentation of research project at Ethics Track Graduation Reception in poster form the morning of graduation. Students are assigned a faculty mentor for this elective. Students take this as a month long elective but can work on their research project at any time/over any period of time so long as final approved product is delivered to elective director (Blumethal-Barby) and faculty mentor in early April before graduation year. Students estimate this elective consumes 80-120 hours in total. Students are typically assigned mentors in August of their 4th year. If you would like to be assigned a mentor and get started on a project earlier contact the director of this elective.
Evaluation Methods
Students will be evaluated on the quality of their final product (significance/importance of topic/focused questions, quality of argument if argument based ethics paper, or quality of data collection and analysis if empirical ethics project, and amount of time/effort put in).
When and Where to report on first day of service:
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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