Designed in partnership with the Emory Center for Ethics, this program is designed to prepare students from the very onset of their medical careers to be equipped to identify, address, and assess ethical issues as they appear in clinical practice.
Students who graduate with a dual MD/MA-Bioethics degree will not only be prepared to enhance the care they provide to patients, but also will be prepared to work on issues of public policy as it relates to the provision of clinical care, to serve on or chair ethics committees, or to conduct education on the ethical foundations of clinical practice.
All students in Medicine at Emory complete a 5-month Discovery Phase, which gives students an opportunity to participate in research in their individual areas of interest. Students with an interest in a robust program in bioethics simply replace the 5-month Discovery Phase with the MA-Bioethics Program, adding an additional year to complete the MA course requirements (5 years total is required for the MD/MA degree). Entry to the MA year is contingent on satisfactory evaluation of academic standing and professional conduct in the School of Medicine.
Medical students may decide to apply to this program during the first few years of medical school, although students who know they will have a strong interest in this program are encouraged to apply prior to the start of medical school.
Contact: Toby Schonfeld, Director, Master of Arts in Bioethics