2019-20 Courses Offered


BIOE 5101 and 5102

Bioethics and Medical Humanities I and II

Instructors: Lauren Flicker, Carolyn Neuhaus, Tia Powell, Danielle Spencer

Description:
This year-long pair of courses can be taken independently to earn a Certificate and/or as required coursework for the Master of Science in Bioethics. Faculty collaborate with students in a combination of two full-day retreats and weekly seminars to offer an intellectually rich year introducing the foundations of bioethics as a field, key principles in moral theory, methods of legal and literary analysis, and the skills necessary to apply the insights of bioethics in our daily practice and research. We examine core bioethics issues using a multiplicity of perspectives and draw upon the depth of expertise not only of faculty but also of our participants, many of whom bring years of clinical, legal and other professional experience to the program.

Prerequisites: None.

Credit: 6



BIOE 5305

Human Subjects Research

Instructors:Elizabeth Chuang, with Notterman, Powell, Flicker, McGinn, Epstein

Description:
The seminar is open to all Masters in Bioethics students and students enrolled in the Einstein Clinical Research Training Program. Topics include: informed consent, risk-benefit analysis, bio-banking, undue inducements, therapeutic misconception, deception and debriefing, research integrity, multinational research, public health research, and research protections for vulnerable populations. Additional emerging topics may include: return of unanticipated research results; regulatory issues in quality improvement activities/learning healthcare systems; newer research designs such as comparative effectiveness and adaptive trials; use of genetic data; waivers for consent; and the use of the electronic medical record and big data in research. Class meets at Einstein, twice weekly for 4 weeks in the summer. Prerequisites: Certificate program or instructor permission.

Prerequisites: ##

Credit: 2



BIOE 5315

Reproductive Ethics and the Law

Instructors: Flicker

Description:
This course will explore legal and ethical issues raised by reproduction and the use of assisted reproductive technologies. We will study legal theory and practice involving contraception, assisted reproduction, abortion, sterilization, and personhood. We will approach these topics using a wide range of sources, including legal cases, historical scholarship, and bioethics literature. Grades will be determined by class participation and a final paper.

Prerequisites: Certificate program or instructor permission.

Credit: 2



BIOE 5322

Crazy Ladies and Cuckoos’ Nests: Picturing Mental Illness in Literature and Film

Instructors: Powell

Description:

The course will explore images of mental illness from the nineteenth century to the present. We will use materials from the psychiatric literature, news accounts, fiction, biographies, film, and patient narratives. Key themes include: what is mental illness? How have health professionals and society responded to those with mental illness over time? In what ways have those responses changed over time? Why does mental illness generate stigma? How has mental illness overlapped with other sources of stigma, such as poverty, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity? What are ongoing ethics challenges in treating mental illness?

Prerequisites: Certificate program or instructor permission.

Credit: 2



BIOE 5324

Bioethics in the Court

Instructor: Flicker

Description:
This course will explore the ethical implications of court cases that impact patient care. We will approach topics including reproductive rights, death and dying, vaccination, and access to healthcare. We will approach these topics using amicus briefs and court cases. Grades will be determined by class participation, short writing assignments, and a final exam.

Prerequisites: Certificate program or instructor permission.

Credit: 2



BIOE 5400

Capstone/Thesis Project

Instructors:TBD

Description:
This course is a fundamental requirement for the masters’ degree. It consists of the post-proposal research, practice, writing and revision for an extended project, under the guidance of an advisor in the relevant field, selected from the faculty of Cardozo, Einstein or Yeshiva. A student may register for all 4 credits in one semester, or for 2 credits each in two consecutive semesters.

Credit: 4, divided over 2 semesters or all in one semester



BIOE 5200

Bioethics Mediation (Intensive)

Instructors: Liebman, Powell, Hulkower, Flicker, Serviansky

Description:
This four-day course in January term is an intensive seminar taught by the national leaders in bioethics mediation. Mediation is a vital tool for managing and resolving conflicts between and among health care staff and families. Mediation helps all parties to articulate their values and acknowledges the perspectives of all participants. The course covers essential techniques through video-taped role plays, brief lectures, exercises and intensive individual feedback.

Prerequisites: Certificate program or instructor permission.

Credit: 2



BIOE 5201

Bioethics Consultation Skills

Instructors: Flicker, Hulkower, Powell, Lipman, Herron

Description:
This 4 day intensive course typically meets in June. Drawing upon the decades of experience of Montefiore’s Bioethics Consultation service, the faculty of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics will cover selected topics from the ASBH's Core Competencies. The course will help students develop communication skills, master the process of bioethics consultation and gain practical experience in approaching ethical dilemmas in clinical medicine. This course is designed for those seeking clinical training in bioethics consultation. It may be taken on its own or as part of the Masters’ Program.

Prerequisites:Certificate program or instructor permission.

Credit: 2



BIOE 5203

Jewish Medical Ethics

Instructors:Edward Reichman

Description:

Judaism is one of the world’s oldest religions with a rich heritage and an expansive legal literary tradition dating back to the times of the Bible and Talmud. Judaism has a unique approach to medical ethical dilemmas that can contribute to modern ethical discourse. This course will provide students with a basic introduction to the principles of Jewish law as they relate to medical ethics. These principles will then be applied to issues in contemporary medical ethics ranging from beginning of life to end of life. Topics analyzed will include abortion, contraception, infertility, genetics, cloning, organ transplantation, the definition of death, autopsy and stem cell research. In addition, new frontiers in science and medicine will be explored through the lens of Jewish law. The contribution of principles of Jewish medical ethics to the broader dialogue of modern bioethics will be discussed. Readings will be drawn from ancient rabbinic texts, as well as modern authors on Jewish bioethics. Emphasis will be placed on textual analysis of primary and secondary sources (in English translation) culled from over two thousand years of rabbinic literature. This intensive course typically meets on 4 consecutive Wednesdays during the summer.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Credit: 2



BIOE 5902

Bioethics Independent Practicum

Instructors: TBD

Description:
This course provides an opportunity for fully matriculated MBE students to design and carry out a semester-long practice-based academic project, under the supervision of a faculty advisor, with some preliminary reading on method of practice (e.g. scholarship on consultation or pedagogy) and writing submitted by term’s end. As with all independent studies, the student needs to choose a faculty member to help devise the project and then have the proposal approved by the Center.

Credit:1-2



BIOE 5903

Bioethics Independent Course

Instructors: TBD

Description:

This course provides an opportunity for fully matriculated MBE students to design and participate in a semester-long, seminar-style independent study, under the supervision of a faculty advisor, with significant reading and writing to be completed. As with all independent studies, the student needs to choose a faculty member to help devise the project and then have the proposal approved by the Center.

Credit:1-2



BIOE 5311

Philosophical Perspectives on Bioethics

Instructor: Paola Nicolas

Description:

This course will investigate the foundational philosophical perspectives on bioethics.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Credit: 2


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