About the Pathway
The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy offers the Medical Ethics Pathway for medical students seeking to develop greater knowledge and expertise in medical ethics. The Medical Ethics Pathway was initiated by members of the class of 1993 and was the first "pathway" of electives at Baylor College of Medicine. Other "pathways" at the College are modeled on the Medical Ethics Pathway. The Medical Ethics Pathway was also the first medical ethics track in any medical school in the United States, which other medical schools have used as a model in developing their own medical ethics tracks.
First-Year Course: Medical Ethics - MBETH-MAIN
This course is required for all first-year medical and health professions students and introduces students to the basic concepts and terms of medical ethics and to use the Ethics-Work-Up to resolve clinical ethics cases. Course Director: Christi Guerrini, J.D., M.P.H. Associate director: Claire Horner, J.D., M.A.
Second-Year Elective Seminar: Bioethics Seminar - MEETH-417
This seminar provides students with an understanding of the philosophical, historical, legal and religious underpinnings of bioethical debates. Course Director: Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A.
Third-Year Clinical Elective: Introduction to Clinical Medical Ethics - MEETH-418
This clinical elective combines weekly clinical experiences or supplemental activities and seminars to provide an in-depth introduction to clinical ethics. Course Director: Ryan Nelson, Ph.D.
Fourth-Year Research Elective: Scholarly Project - MEETH-419
During their fourth year, students complete an independent study, during which they engage in a supervised project that could take the form of either a paper or a project on a topic in clinical ethics. Course Director: Ryan Nelson, Ph.D.
Students who complete the Baylor Medical Ethics Pathway are presented a certificate during a special reception and poster showcase held the morning of graduation. Family members are encouraged to attend.