School of Medicine 

Foundations of Medical Knowledge (FMK) – First Year

  • Series of 10-12 lectures as part of Learning Communities with small group discussions with College Mentors on topics including foundations of biomedical ethics, end-of-life care, research ethics, confidentiality, and worldviews in medicine.

Foundations of Clinical Care (FCC) – Second Year

Third and Fourth Year

Certificates of Distinction in Biomedical Ethics (SOM and VUMC)


Law School

Medicine, Health and Society

Graduate School




Faculty members teach a broad range of ethics topics across VUMC including continuing education for a variety of health care professionals, grand rounds, unit-based in-services and morning report.

Audiences Include:
Students, trainees, staff and faculty in:

  • Medicine [across all specialties]
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Case Management
  • Sonography
  • Speech Pathology
  • Child Life
  • Audiology
  • Administration
  • Counseling


  • Surrogate Decision Making
  • EOL Decision Making / Advance Directives
  • Medically Inappropriate Treatment / Futility
  • Informed Consent
  • Allocation of Resources
  • Decision Making Capacity
  • Treatment Refusal
  • Treatment Over Objection
  • Moral Distress
  • Pediatric Decision Making
  • Public Health Ethics