The Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, sponsored by the Montefiore-Einsten Center for Bioethics, educates law students and professionals in health care, law, chaplaincy, social work, and other related disciplines in the principles and practical clinical applications of bioethics. The curriculum introduces the foundations of moral theory, key principles of bioethical and legal analysis, methods of ethical reasoning and the skills necessary to apply bioethics.
The seminar format encourages lively discussion of issues and rigorous analysis of texts, including medical research, clinical narratives, legal cases and judicial opinions, historical documents and works of fiction. In addition to a significant amount of reading, participants complete various skills-based writing assignments which build on course material and are closely supervised by faculty.
Since its inception in 1995, an average of 25 participants have completed the program each year. Many of these alumni chair or serve on hospital ethics committees, conduct bioethics consultation services, sit on institutional review boards, administer nursing homes, hold positions in state health care agencies, and write and lecture on bioethical issues. Alumni provide participants with opportunities to observe bioethics in the clinical setting, as well as strong networking resources.
Special features of the program include:
- nationally recognized multidisciplinary faculty
- diverse disciplinary perspectives, including medicine, law, ethics, history, literature, religion and social science
- seminar format
- supervised skill-based writing assignments
- introduction to fundamental theories and principles of bioethics
- examination of controversial issues, such as end-of-life decision making, reproductive technologies, genetics, vulnerable populations, research on human subjects, organ transplantations and access to health care
- two intensive retreats
- training in mediation skills
- strong alumni network
The program runs from September to May, spanning a full two-semester academic year. Classes meet at the Cardozo Law School building at 5th Avenue and 12th Street on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m.
The program is open to law students, physicians, nurses, attorneys, judges, social workers, administrators, patient representatives, risk managers, employee health benefit managers, clergy and selected participants who are not directly involved in health care but whose work is informed by bioethics.
For questions or application materials, please contact the office of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics at: 718.920.4630, or firstname.lastname@example.org.