Carolyn Szetela, PhD

Associate Professor
Meharry Medical College, Department of Medical and Professional Education

615 327-5909

Carolyn Szetela, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical and Professional Education at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her degree in philosophy, with a medical ethics specialization, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (1998). Dr. Szetela designs and presents ethics curricula for medical students, physicians, and researchers. Among her areas of focus in ethics are behavioral and social medicine, health care communication, and the prevention of harms due to alcohol and drug misuse. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Nashville General Hospital ethics committee, and is a Health Policy Associate with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry. Dr. Szetela coordinates opportunities for medical student training in interprofessional and community settings as they learn to deliver coordinated, effective and humanistic healthcare. In her role teaching ethics, she encourages knowledge competencies along with role play and reflection upon attitudes to help build students’ and trainees’ confidence in knowing and honoring ethical practices in patient care.