Education

A Selection of Courses/Sections of Courses/Lectures/Seminars Taught by Center Faculty

 

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Courses

Colloquium 
During 2011-2013 The Center faculty have been engaged in a major way in sessions that teach the major ethical theories, approaches and problems areas within clinical medicine. This same emphasis will become a part of the new Vanderbilt medical curriculum, Curriculum 2.0, beginning in the fall term, 2013. In this new iteration the ethics teaching will be embedded in a problem-based approach in Year 1, into clinical case conferences in Year 2, and in immersion experiences and electives in Years 3 & 4.  As proposed, ethics will become a part of all four years in an integral way, and in keeping with a more tailored approach to medical education.

MED 5240: Ethics, Law, and Medicine 
Examination of emerging legal concepts reflecting the rapid developments in modern medicine and the moral concerns of society. Emphasis upon judicial decisions and philosophical analyses dealing with issues such as genetic manipulation, novel modes of procreation, human experimentation, nature of consent regarding medical procedures, control of drugs, definitions of death, implications of euthanasia. (Cross-listed in the Law School)

MED 5908: Elective Rotation in Clinical Ethics

NRSC 304: Ethical and Legal Issues in Research 
Provides an overview of issues related to the responsible conduct of research, including data management, vulnerable populations, authorship and publication, conflicts of interest and collaboration. Federal and institutional guidelines are included.

MSCI 5029: Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity 
This course is a systematic examination of the ethical concepts and standards of biomedical science and research integrity. Its aim is to provide trainees in the biomedical sciences and clinical research a framework in which to recognize, examine, resolve, and prevent ethical conflicts in their professional work.

MSCI 5031: Advanced Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity 
This course is a systematic examination of the ethical concepts and standards of biomedical science and research integrity. Its aim is to provide graduate and post-graduate trainees in the biomedical sciences and clinical research a framework in which to recognize, examine, resolve, and prevent ethical conflicts in their professional work.

PM 5410 (Preventative Medicine): Health Care, Out There 
This course involved introductory sessions on the organization of health services, and orientations to Vanderbilt Medical Center and Nashville. Students are assigned to community-based services, including visits to patients with a nurse in the Vanderbilt Home Nursing Program. Other community sites include primary care centers and special programs, including Alive Hospice, and a service center for homeless persons and also a clinic serving primarily immigrants and refugees.

 

College of Arts and Sciences

ANTH 240: Medical Anthropology 
Biocultural aspects of human adaptations to health, disease, and nutrition. Non-Western medical and psychiatric systems. Effects of cultures on the interpretation, diagnosis, and treatment of illness. Case studies from Africa, Oceania, Latin America, and the contemporary United States.

BSCI 105: Human Biology 
Recent advances in genetics, reproduction, and biotechnology. Social, legal, and ethical implications.

MHS 203: U.S. Public Health Ethics and Policy 
Critical perspectives on ethical and policy issues in U.S. public health.

MHS 290: Special Topics 
Topics Vary. Recent offerings include “Responsible Conduct of Research” and “Pharmaceuticals, Politics, & Culture.”

PHIL 115F: Writing Seminar 
Topics Vary. Recent offerings include “Bioethics: Conflicting Voices in Medicine and the Life Sciences” and “Ethics and the Professions.”

HONS 182: College Perspectives Honors Seminar 
Topics Vary.  Recent offerings include “Bioethics”

SOC 115F: Writing Seminar 
Topics Vary. A recent offering was “What is a Family? Law & Religion in Conversation.”

Graduate School and Other Professional Schools:

DIV/REL 3464: Seminar:  Healthcare Ethics - Theory and Practice
This seminar examines contemporary healthcare ethics in the U.S. and the disciplinary perspectives that inform this field. Attention is given to the political and cultural forces that have shaped the chief ethical problems in healthcare and to the philosophical, religious and social scientific tools used to address them. A major aim of the seminar is to gain critical purchase on these tools, and to assess their uses and limits. We will explore a range of practical issues, probing the ways these concerns shape professional and public life beyond their immediate sphere of occurrence. This seminar serves as a gateway for additional work in the field.

DIV/REL 3465. Ethics for Human Development Professionals. 
This course involves a normative evaluation of ethical issues in serving human needs by examining conflicting values within moral dilemmas from a variety of theoretical perspectives and practical criteria. Students will review case studies of moral issues confronting the individual, the family, service organizations, and the general public.

MHS 300: Senior Colloquium 

 

Introduction to graduate-level interdisciplinary work in medicine, health, and society, drawing on the perspectives of anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, political science and policy studies, psychology, religious studies, and sociology.

LAW 773: Genetics, Ethics and Law 
 Ten years have passed since the official announcement that the human genome had been sequenced. Many predictions have been made about the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in our understanding of genetics. In this course, which will invite students from a number of graduate disciplines, we will examine a number of cases, such as genetic nondiscrimination, genetic variation and legal responsibility, proposed changes to human subjects regulations, preimplantation and prenatal diagnosis, and the current debate about newborn screening, to see how these predictions have played out and what we can expect in the future, and to propose more effective responses.

LAW 899: Bioethics and the Law 
Examination of emerging legal concepts reflecting the rapid developments in modern medicine and the moral concerns of society. Emphasis upon judicial decisions and philosophical analyses dealing with issues such as genetic manipulation, novel modes of procreation, human experimentation, nature of consent regarding medical procedures, control of drugs, definitions of death, implications of euthanasia. (Cross-listed in the Law School)
 

Other Educational Opportunities: 
Law Emphasis Program 
Medical Humanities Emphasis Program
VUMC New Employee Orientation: Confidentiality and Other Service Standards
PCCU Fellows Conference: Ethics Case Discussion
Global Health Certificate Program: Ethics in Global Health
MS Elective: Health Care, Out There (with Lewis Lefkowitz, MD)
Orientation Course for New Neonatal Nurses: Ethical Issues in the NICU
Graduate Nurse Residency Program: Ethical Considerations in End of Life Care
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program: Ethical Issues in the Practice of Sonography
Cardiovascular Perfusion Program: Ethical Issues in the Practice of Perfusionists
Ethical Issues for Opthalmology Residents
New Neonatal Nurses Training at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital 
Transplantation Ethics Electives 
Neurocare Ethics Grand Rounds
Internal Medicine Ethics and Professionalism Morning Report