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)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Healthcare Ethics



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