Welcome from the Director

The Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine serves as a nexus for a community of individuals from throughout the medical campus and beyond who share a common interest in education, research, and clinical practice in the field of medical ethics. Our affiliated faculty and staff is drawn from the Yale School of Medicine and joined by members of the Schools of Nursing, Law, Divinity, Epidemiology and Public Health, as well as Yale-New Haven Hospital staff, colleagues from the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, The Hastings Center and others. The Program for Biomedical Ethics incorporates a diverse group that brings a wide range of experience and expertise to the table. Many of those on our affiliated faculty and staff are known nationally and internationally in the field of bioethics.

Our program coordinates the ethics education of Yale medical students over the course of the four years, including assistance for those who choose to write their thesis in this area. In addition, educational programs are provided for other members of the Yale medical community, such as journal clubs, working groups and special conferences.

We have a diverse slate of educational events planned for the 2013-2014 academic year for medical, public health, nursing and physician assistant students, Yale faculty, hospital personnel and others.

In October we hosted a medical ethical symposium: A Discussion of the New Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care near the End of Life featuring Nancy Berlinger and Bruce Jennings from The Hastings Center as well as Melissa Kurtz from Georgetown University.

Guest speakers have included Renee D. Ross from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Alice Dreger from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University as well as Joshua Knobe and Evie Marcolini from Yale University. In 2014 Thaddeus Mason Pope from Hamline University School of Law, Rebecca Kukla from Georgetown University, Tia Powell from Montefiore Medical Center and Warren Andiman from Yale University will deliver seminars.

During the academic year, our Bioethics Journal Club for faculty, led by Drs. Lydia Dugdale and Tom Duffy will continue on a monthly basis as will our Community Bioethics Forum (CBF) led by Ms. Lori Bruce. The CBF serves as an educational interface between the Yale School of Medicine and members of the community, for the discussion of issues related to medical and research ethics. A Bioethics Interest Group (BIG) for medical, public health, physician assistants and nursing students will also meet throughout the academic year.

I welcome hearing from you with any inquiries or suggestions regarding biomedical ethics scholarship here at Yale School of Medicine. We invite you to join us for a seminar, research collaboration, or much more, as a fellow student, teacher, scholar or any combination of these.

Mark R. Mercurio, MA, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics
464 Congress Avenue, New Haven, CT 06519
Email: mark.mercurio@yale.edu