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Alexa Kanbergs:


Currently: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Graduated from Einstein Cardozo: May 2015

Undergraduate College:University of Oregon

Undergraduate Major:Planning, Public Policy and Management

Undergraduate Minor:Chemistry

Why were you interested in getting a graduate degree in Bioethics

As someone who knew she eventually wanted to attend medical school I wanted to be prepared for the ethical challenges that I would confront as a medical student and later as a physician. Not only did my graduate studies provide a foundation and framework for approaching ethical issues in medicine. It also allowed me to develop a network of colleagues and professors post-graduation.

Why did you choose the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics?

After looking through a number of bioethics programs it became clear that the emphasis of the Einstein Cardozo program was on competencies of practical skill and knowledge, rather than a dominant emphasis on classic philosophy (a priority of other programs). Medical and legal professionals having a grasp on the philosophy that underpins bioethics is important, but what is more useful is experience with navigating cases and being able to apply philosophical frameworks and principles in coming to a solution; a priority of the Einstein-Cardozo Masters program.

I also chose the Einstein Cardozo program for the practical skills trainings including mediation and ethics consultation. I have drawn on the skills from these workshops regularly during my medical school training.

Additionally, I also wanted a program in which I would be working side by side with well-established medical and legal professionals, so that I could learn from their experiences and use them to inform mine.

What was your favorite aspect of the Bioethics program?

One of my favorite aspects of the Bioethics program was the access to faculty. Classes were a small size and faculty devoted an incredible amount of time in and out of class to ensuring the success of students. I particularly enjoyed my 1:1 independent study course with the director of the program. I had a particular interest in bioethics and religion and the director fostered that interest through weekly one on one class meetings.

What was your experience being a full time graduate student in the program?

I was nervous about the transition from undergraduate to full time graduate studies. However, the work load of the program was very manageable. I always felt capable of what was required of students, and felt comforted by the additional support that faculty provided I needed any additional mentorship.

How did you spend your time outside of the classroom?

Outside the classroom, I spent every opportunity exploring the vibrant neighborhoods of New York City. From incredible museums, restaurants, and parks there was never an end to adventures. Given the evening timing of many of the course, I was also able to nanny a few days a week.

What type of bioethics learning experiences did you have outside of the program?

I worked as a research assistant for the director of the MBE. It was such a wonderful opportunity to work alongside the director and learn about her work.

What did you do after graduating the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics?

After completing the program, I matriculated into my first year of medical school.

Was the MBE an asset when you were applying to Medical School?

In all of my medical school interviews I was directly asked about my bioethics degree. Those interviewing me were curious and impressed by the initiative to seek formal bioethics training prior to medical school. Having formal ethics training set me apart from other applicants and demonstrated my interest in a thoughtful, deliberate, and holistic approach to medical care. Many medical schools want applicants that have sought other experiences prior to matriculating into medical school.

Would you recommend the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics to other undergraduate students?

Absolutely. The MBE has not only equipped me with the skills and confidence to work through the ethical challenges of medical school, it has also opened doors to many opportunities in medical school. Because of my training, I have been a part of the ethics curriculum steering committee at Brown, a member of one of our teaching hospitals ethics committees, and course leader for ethics cases for the first and second year students.


Emma Brezel


Currently: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Graduated from Einstein Cardozo: May 2015

Undergraduate College:University of Oregon

Undergraduate Major:Planning, Public Policy and Management

Undergraduate Minor:Chemistry

Why were you interested in getting a graduate degree in Bioethics

Since I was little I have been interested in pursuing a career in medicine. In college, through various internships and course work, I became fascinated with bioethical dilemmas. If we were talking about a particular scientific concept or area of research I was always drawn to explore the associated ethical questions, which were not necessarily the focus of our discussions. In the last years of college, I knew I still wanted to go to medical school, but I also wanted a chance to explore bioethical questions and learn how ethics is practiced in the health care and public policy arenas. A clinical ethicist I knew suggested that a Master Degree would give me the tools to investigate bioethical issues throughout medical school and open up career opportunities in the future.

Why did you choose the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics?

I grew up in New York, so I first became interested in the program because I was familiar with Einstein, and I always dreamed of going to school in New York City. After talking with one of the Master students, Beverley, I knew I wanted to come. She said the students came from a variety of professional backgrounds, which made for animated and unexpected discussions. She also said all of the professors were extremely passionate and eager to work with their students.

I was looking for a program that was focused on both clinical and academic bioethics. In addition to education, The Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics runs an active clinical ethics consultation service and conducts innovative research. This allowed me to learn with people who are using the tools from their bioethics education in their everyday lives.

What was your favorite aspect of the Bioethics program?

The diversity of the student body has been my favorite part. Just as an example, in my Social Determinants of Health seminar, I sat around a table with the assistant VP at Montefiore Hospital, a pediatric gastroenterology fellow, a retired dentist from the VA and bioethics lecturer at NYU dental school, a lawyer, a genetic counselor, and a rabbinical student. Every class, I was amazed how we each used our unique approaches to deconstruct and reconstruct complex issues in healthcare. Bioethics is such a multidisciplinary field, so having the opportunity to learn with such a professionally diverse group has been truly exciting.

What was your experience being a full time graduate student in the program?

The workload has been very manageable. The readings are always interesting and cover a wide range of perspectives. The professors will usually assign a couple lay articles or narratives in addition to the seminal academic texts, so we are able to compare established ethical discourse to recent cases. I also have room in my schedule to take law school courses. They are challenging, but it has been an unexpected and fascinating experience. In addition to my studies, I am able to work part time. Overall, I have really enjoyed being a full time graduate student. I feel like I am being pushed academically, but also have time to pursue a part job and experience the city.

How did you spend your time outside of the classroom?

I work part time at Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, so I get to work with many of the program faculty in their clinical and academic pursuits. I am also a math tutor for a couple local middle school students. Having tutored in high school and college, it has been exciting to continue doing that. When I am not in class or working, I like to play tennis and explore the city with friends.

What type of bioethics learning experiences did you have outside of the program?

I have been able to attend bioethics committee meetings at Montefiore and shadow ethics consultations with the program faculty. This has been really fascinating to see how bioethics is used in clinical settings and see what the possibilities are for the future.

What did you do after graduating the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics?

After I graduate, I plan on working for a couple years before applying to medical school. I would love to continue working in bioethics, and I have gotten many interesting ideas from students and faculty in the program.

Would you recommend the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics to other undergraduate students?

Yes! I was so excited to hear about the wide range of accomplished students at Einstein Cardozo, but coming straight from undergrad, I was nervous about being overwhelmed. I now know that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The students and faculty have been extremely supportive and eager to work with recent graduates. My experience at Einstein Cardozo has better prepared me for a future career in medicine and I look forward to keeping in touch with the students and faculty after I graduate.


Beverly Adade


Expected Graduation Date: September 2017

Undergraduate College:Emory University ‘10

Undergraduate Major: Religion

Undergraduate Minor: Global Health Studies

Why were you interested in getting a graduate degree in Bioethics

As a religion major, I was always interested in studying bioethics. I was particularly interested in the MBE program at Einstein Cardozo because it offers courses that explore bioethics through various lenses such as film, reproductive law, mental health, and feminist theory.

Why did you choose the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics?

I decided to come to Einstein-Cardozo because of the history that resides within the institution. The program has been molded by well-known bioethicists such as Dr. Tia Powell, Dr. Alan Fleischman, and Nancy Dubler who are pioneers in the field.

I was looking for a program that was focused on both clinical and academic bioethics. In addition to education, The Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics runs an active clinical ethics consultation service and conducts innovative research. This allowed me to learn with people who are using the tools from their bioethics education in their everyday lives.

What was your favorite aspect of the Bioethics program?

I was drawn to the program because of the diverse student body. There are students that range from professionals who are healthcare providers, lawyers, administrators, and newly graduated students. It is a great experience to be amongst other students who have different perspectives on bioethics. I also enjoy taking the elective law classes at Cardozo. The experience has really changed how I look at ethical problems.

What was your experience being a full time graduate student in the program?

To be honest, I was nervous about the load of the course-work and my ability to adjust to the elective law courses. The professors and law students at Einstein-Cardozo are really helpful and are accommodating to students who are new to the material.

How did you spend your time outside of the classroom?

Most of our core classes meet after 4 pm to accommodate those who work during the day. I worked part-time as an intern, volunteer at church weekly, prep for my courses and go sight-seeing throughout the boroughs. I learned the importance of balancing my time as a student and being fully engaged with the material.

What type of bioethics learning experiences did you have outside of the program?

I have had the opportunity to attend committee meetings and witness first-hand how bioethics consultations are conducted. It was a great experience to see what I could possibly do in future.


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