Elective Courses

Medical Ethics
Bernard H. Baumrin, PhD, JD, and Daniel A. Moros, MD
This is a full semester seminar in medical ethics offered at Mount Sinai every Spring and sponsored jointly with the PhD Program in Philosophy, The Graduate Center, CUNY. This course examines "classic" and emerging issues in biomedical ethics, paying particular attention to the history of medicine and the nature of scientific thought as it relates to medical ethics.

Bioethics, Policies and Cases
Rosamond Rhodes, PhD and Ian Holzman, MD
A full semester seminar on some issue in medical ethics and health policy is offered at Mount Sinai every spring. It is sponsored jointly with the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Research Ethics
Course Directors: Karin Meyers, MA and Rosamond Rhodes, PhD
This semester-long seminar addresses the key issues related the use of human subjects in biomedical research. It involves seminar discussion, extensive reading, and a research paper. Topics include: the evolution of clinical trial oversight, informed consent, assent, assessment of risks and benefits, research design, research with minors and other vulnerable subjects, inducements for research subjects, conflict of interest, payments for researchers, confidentiality, privacy, scientific fraud, authorship, attribution and whistle blowing.

The seminar addresses historical examples as well as contemporary dilemmas such as surgical trials, gene therapy trials, and international research. It also explains the IRB & GCRC review processes. This seminar is required for students in the Masters and Ph.D. Degree programs in Clinical Research. It is an elective for medical and Public Health students.

Ethical Issues in Medicine
Course Director: Rosamond Rhodes, PhD
This elective is open to students enrolled in any Icahn School of Medicine program. It allows students to pursue independent research. It offers an opportunity for students to explore the literature and to write on issues of particular interest.

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