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Bioethics Pathway Directors

Cynthiane Morgenweck, MD, MA

Ryan Spellecy, PhD

The Bioethics Pathway will enable medical students to integrate the knowledge and tools of bioethics as an essential part of his or her career as a physician through a variety of activities that encompass close reading of the bioethics scholarly literature, discussion, and application through clinical ethics, research ethics and ethics teaching activities in a comprehensive curriculum.  These activities will provide medical students the opportunity to develop their ethics skills in a variety of areas, including but not limited to clinical ethics consultation, research ethics, and participation and leadership in institutional ethics committees.

Examples of core sessions include:

  • Bioethics: Isn’t it all just a matter of opinion?
  • History of Medical Ethics
  • Ethics Committees and Consultation
  • Research Ethics and Regulations
  • Law and Bioethics
  • Specialty Ethics: Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, Surgery, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine
  • Ethical patient care in times of disaster/pandemic
  • Ethical issues in Genomic/Personalized Medicine
  • Culture, Profession, and the Virtues of Medicine

Examples of non-core hours

  • Bioethics Monthly sessions and Theme Days
  • Student/Resident led reflective writing workshops focusing on ethical issues
  • Bioethics Interest Group
  • Student-led Research Review Panel
  • Medical Humanities Annual Visiting Guest Series
  • Salient Film Series (focusing on professionalism)
  • Community Based Book Readings (e.g. Rebecca Skloot, the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks/Pauline Chen, MD, Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality)

Contact Us

Pathways staff are located in the Academic Affairs Office, Suite M3215.

General Inquiries

Pathways Team Lead
Physician Scientist

  Clinical & Translational Research
  Molecular & Cellular Research
Meaghan Hayes, MEd

Global Health,
Health Systems Management & Policy

Urban & Community Health
Hilary Chavez, MS

Clinician Educator,
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

Jen Kraus