Scholars Gather for MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics Intensive Summer Program

MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics Fellow for 2014-2015. Director Mark Siegler, MD, pictured in front row, center.

MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics Fellow for 2014-2015. Director Mark Siegler, MD, pictured in front row, center.

The Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Medicine is midway through its annual Summer Intensive Program.

The exceptional five-week program of 90 seminars is taught by more than 30 faculty of the university’s Biological Sciences Division, who have been trained in medical ethics.

The intensive program, which represents the first month of training in a year-long fellowship, is open to the 25 MacLean Center ethics fellows.

In addition to the University of Chicago, this year’s fellows also come from such respected institutions as Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, Washington University in St Louis, the University of Wisconsin,  Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and as far away as the Third Military Medical University in Chongqing Municipality, Southwest China.

The MacLean Center accepts applications for 2015-2016 fellowship program beginning Sept. 1.

“There are very few medical centers in the country that have the depth and strength in clinical ethics that we have at the University of Chicago,” said MacLean Center Director Mark Siegler, MD, the Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery. “This unique concentrated program exemplifies our mission to train the next generation of physician leaders to be as expert in clinical medical ethics as they are in the science of medicine.”

For 30 years, the MacLean Center has been the national leader in clinical medical ethics, training more than 300 fellows – many of whom have gone on to lead medical ethics departments at universities across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China.

The topics of study are thematically grouped around 10 major ethics areas, including:

  • Clinical ethics
  • Surgical ethics
  • Reproductive ethics
  • Pediatric ethics
  • Health disparities and policy
  • Responsible research
  • Transplants
  • Genetics
  • End of life
  • Philosophical bioethics

Among the University of Chicago interdisciplinary faculty teaching various sessions are:

  • Lainie Ross, MD, PhD, associate director of the MacLean Center, the Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics, and a professor of pediatrics, medicine, surgery
  • Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, associate director of the MacLean Center and the Richard Parrillo Family Professorship in Healthcare Ethics
  • Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD, associate director of the MacLean Center and the Kilbride-Clinton Professor of medicine and the Divinity School
  • Peter Angelos, MD, associate director of the MacLean Center, the Linda Kohler Anderson Professor of Surgery, and chief, endocrine surgery
  • David Meltzer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and chief, Section of Hospital Medicine
  • Richard A. Epstein, LLB, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Law and Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He is also the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University, and the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
  • Harold Pollack, PhD, the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration, and co-director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab
  • Monica Peek, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of medicine, and Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translational Research
  • Tom Philipson, PhD, Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy.

The Intensive Summer Program ends Aug. 1.

For those interested in applying for the 2015-2016 clinical ethics fellowship program, please visit the MacLean Center Fellowship web site.

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