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Practica offer students the opportunity to put into practice what they learn in their theory courses.Taught workshop-style, practica involve students in the analysis of cases in clinical ethics, research ethics and health policy. The practica provide students with experience in dealing with scores of case studies. By writing-up cases under the experienced supervision of experts students expand their knowledge and hone their skills.

Cases and exercises are not chosen at random. Our practica are designed to train students in “core competencies,” i.e. the knowledge and skills central developing expertise in a given area of bioethics. In clinical ethics, these core competencies were first delineated in 1998 by the national bioethics society, the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities - www.ASBH.org > in collaboration with its Canadian counterpart - www.bioethics.ca >. Together they developed a comprehensive overview of core competencies essential for clinical consultation - www.asbh.org-core >, i.e., a knowledge base and skill set essential for every professional bioethicist engaged in clinical ethics consultation. With the support of a Fogarty Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health, The Bioethics Program has developed a comparable overview of core competencies in research ethics - researchethicseurope.com >.

Our current practica are designed to train students in the core competencies in either clinical or research ethics.

In addition to the online practica, students participate in a week long, onsite practicum at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Some skills simply cannot be practiced in an online course, and the onsite practica helps students further the development of competencies and skills by providing additional intensive and vivid experiences in the context of a major medical and research center. Students also practice their competencies in clinical ethics and research ethics through interactions with trained actors (“standardized patients”) in standardized research and clinical ethics scenarios at Mount Sinai’s renowned Morchand Center for Clinical Competence - www.mssm.edu-morchand >. After working through a scenario, students receive immediate feedback on their performance in these standardized encounters from the trained actors and a videotape of the interactions is later reviewed and critiqued with the bioethics faculty.


 
 

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Nada Gligorov, PhD
Assistant Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Assistant Professor of Bioethics
The Bioethics Program

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