Spring 2023 Courses

Biomedical ethics and the law sometimes do not play nice with each other. There can be a significant disconnect between the two requiring a deep dive into the reasons why and how to mitigate the disconnect. The cultural relationship between the law and medical ethics sometimes carries a bias toward one or the other, and the law as it relates to the culturally specific well-being of individuals is at stake. In this course, we will explore the reasons why there is a disconnect between biomedical ethics and the law and how it affects a person’s health.

  • Course Dates: March 13 – May 3.
  • Instructor: David Beyda, MD.

Pediatric ethics has a unique character, different than that of adult ethics. In this course, we will explore the meaning of autonomy, personhood, assent and consent as they relate to the child. We will define each of the ethical principles from a pediatric perspective, address the ethical issues related to end of life, futility, religious and cultural applications in the ethical dilemmas in children, and more.

  • Course Dates: January 11 – March 3.
  • Instructor: David Beyda, MD.

Humanities, ethics and health all find themselves in different places globally, defined and designed by cultures and persons. In this course, we will explore the cultural differences as they relate to the health of persons; how cultures globally interpret medical ethics and ethical principles; and how health care and moral foundations are driven by cultures and bias.

  • Course Dates: March 13 – May 3.
  • Instructor: David Beyda, MD.

Bioethics has been associated with issues in research ethics and clinical ethics. However, questions about the definition of death, autonomy, medical paternalism, health care rationing and abortion are a few of the current ethical issues that are at the forefront of controversial debates. This course will focus on cutting-edge controversies in bioethics.

  • Course Dates: March 13 – May 3.
  • Instructor: David Beyda, MD.

Fall 2023 Courses

This course will explore the major theories in contemporary bioethics. Participants will learn the history and the application of principlism, casuistry, care ethics and virtue ethics. The approach will use bioethics — taking the student from philosophical concepts to the application of theory to key landmark cases in bioethics — and its relationship and interaction to the law and policies.

  • Course Dates: TBD.
  • Instructor: David Beyda, MD.

Medical ethics date back millennia and dealt primarily with the physician-patient relationship and ethical values. This course will identify contributions from various cultures and how they relate to the history of medicine. The seminal events that influenced the transition will be reviewed. These events led to the change from medical ethics to bioethics in 1960.

  • Course Dates: TBD.
  • Instructor: Robert Kravetz, MD.

Learners will explore foundational concepts of Narrative Ethics — an innovative and emerging field within bioethics at the intersection of Narrative Medicine and the practice of person-centered care.

  • Course Dates: TBD.
  • Instructor: Jennifer Hartmark-Hill, MD.

The description for this course is coming soon.

  • Course Dates: TBD.
  • Instructor: David Beyda, MD.

Ethics and the Visual Arts will explore how art is used to illuminate issues in medicine and challenge our perspectives. Students will be able to create their own work of art on an issue that is of interest to them.

  • Course Dates: TBD.
  • Instructor: Cynthia Standley, PhD.

Corruption in government and typical daily life limits authentic and genuine moral and ethical foundations. There can be a commonality of corruption in governments, businesses and populations globally. Additionally, there is the ethical quagmire of truth-telling and why it is so easy to lie.

The truth can bring unpleasant and unknown dilemmas, and, unfortunately, lying can be easy to do. The law that protects the vulnerable may not always co-exist with ethics. This course will look at the differences between law and ethics and determine the ways they work together.

  • Course Dates: TBD.
  • Instructor: David Beyda, MD.

The description for this course is coming soon.

  • Course Dates: TBD.
  • Instructor: David Beyda, MD.

Ethics is thought to be universal, and yet, when one enters into the world of aging, the ethics and — in fact — the morals are uniquely different than those of children and adults. The term “aging” becomes fluid when applied to persons — sometime age in years, age related to physical attributes and age related to competency and capacity. This course will identify the particulars of ethics and morals as they relate to the “aged” as best as it can be defined.

  • Course Dates: TBD.
  • Instructor: David Beyda, MD.