Course Information - Mt. Sinai


Introductory Two Week Summer Seminar
(Two Weeks in August)

BIE 500: Proseminar in Health and Human Values:  An introduction to research methods in bioethics and clinical ethics and to various topics in clinical ethics and bioethics, taught seminar style.  Taught in the summer at Union Graduate College and Mt Sinai in New York City

Instructors:  R. Baker, R. Rhodes, J. Greenlaw, S. Lederer, L. McCullough, R. Veatch

The Proseminar and introductory clinical practicum are taught on-site at The Union Graduate College with the clinical components at MSSM during an intense two-week period. 

The introductory practicum taught by Robert Baker & Rosamond Rhodes and the faculty at Mt Sinai School of Medicine, will focus on the skills essential to clinical ethics consultation, such as observation, listening, writing up consults, and so forth.

The Proseminar will be directed by Robert Baker.  Such distinguished visiting bioethicists as Jane Greenlaw (University of Rochester), Laurence McCullough (Baylor College of Medicine), Susan Lederer (Yale Medical School) and Robert Veatch (Kennedy Institute of Ethics) will present an overview of current issues in bioethics humanities and deal with case conferences at ethics rounds. 

The combined proseminar and the introductory practicum should provide students with the basic background knowledge and skills essential to mastering bioethics and clinical ethics.  

There will also be training in the computer skills (demonstrations, workshops) essential to mastering distance learning education.

Required Core Courses

BIE 510: Biomedical Ethics: Oaths, Codes, Principles and Rules: An advanced historically based introduction to bioethics and clinical ethics focusing on such formalizations of medical morality as the Hippocratic Oath, the AMA codes, the Belmont Report and Beauchamp and Childress Principles, and the idea of casuistry. Major cases in bioethics will also be reviewed and the evolution of the core concepts and infrastructure of medical ethics and bioethics will be examined. (Available through distance learning.)
Instructor: R. Baker (1st Fall)  

BIE 520: Health Care Policy: The Political and Organizational Context: This course provides an understanding of the public policy making process and the political and regulatory environment in which health care organizations function.  It also provides an understanding of managerial processes, politics, and structure of the health care organizations where ethical policies and practices are implemented and carried out on an ongoing basis. Policies for consideration include resource allocation, end-of-life decision-making, accountability and performance measurement, and conflict-of-interest. (Available through distance learning.) (Waived for Law students taking the Health Law Concentration at Albany Law School)
Instructor: M. Strosberg (1st Winter)

BIE 530: Bioethics and the Law:  This course is designed to familiarize students with major legal issues and legal concepts relevant to bioethics. (Available through distance learning.)
Instructors: A. Ouellette & J. Greenlaw (1st Spring)           

BIE 590: Clinical Ethics: This course deals with the practical applications of clinical ethics, including clinical ethics consulting and its recording and documentation, the work of ethics committees and IRBs, and other practical ethics of clinical ethics. (Available through distance learning.)
Instructor: R. Rhodes (Winter)

Required Clinical Practica 

BIE 620: On-site Clinical Practicum:  A supervised practical experience in clinical ethics designed to teach skills in clinical ethics consultation. (Prerequisite BIE 590; On-site at MSSM and various medical affiliates; one week in spring.  

BIE 610: On-Line Clinical Practicum: A supervised practical experience in clinical ethics designed to teach skill in clinical ethics consultation.  (Prerequisite BIE 590)
Instructor: R. Orr (Spring)  

BIE 650: Capstone in Clinical Ethics: Capstone practicum in which students demonstrate their mastery of clinical ethics consultation. (On-site at MSSM; one week in spring)   

Elective Courses (2 Elective Courses Required) (Waived for Law students taking the Health Law Concentration at Albany Law School)      

BIE 545:  Reproductive Ethics, Genetics and the Law:  An investigation of the ethical and legal problems associated with new reproductive technologies and genetics. (Available through distance learning, may be available at SUNYA; 6 weeks in summer.)
Instructor: B. Steinbock 

BIE 555:  Discussions in Scientific Integrity: A course in research ethics including a discussion of the IRB process.  (Available through distance learning.)
Instructor: TBA  (Fall)  

BIE 565:  Empirical Research Methods in Bioethics:  A course in empirical research methodology designed to teach how to conduct empirical research in the field, and how to analyze the empirical bioethics literature. (Available through distance learning.)
Instructor: TBA (Fall) 

Master's Project                       

BIE 630 & BIE 640:  Master's Project: The master's project in bioethics, clinical ethics or research ethics will involve two terms (5 months) of research culminating in a written document addressing some aspect of clinical ethics or bioethical policy, such as a proposal to revise or reform practices at a medical institution or managed care organization, or a proposal to change bioethical policy. Supervision is online. (20 Weeks - Winter & Spring)