The goal of the ethics and humanities section is to ensure that bioethics and professionalism are incorporated into the curriculum at all levels of the medical school. The curriculum supports and enhances ethical decision-making skills. It fosters compassion, respect and integrity when facing ethical challenges.
The department sponsors periodic ethics and professionalism teachings sessions for Pillar 1 students. A clinical ethics online course has been developed that Pillar 2 students throughout the state take during their initial in-depth exposure to clinical medicine. In addition, the department has developed a bioethics certificate that students can opt to achieve. The certificate requires 12 credits in bioethics courses during the course of their 4 year medical school curriculum. Three new online bioethics courses have been added—Advance Studies in Bioethics; Ethical Foundations for Clinical Research; and Ethics, Professionalism and Leadership. In addition, for Pillar 3 students the department offers a clinical elective in bioethics, Ethical Issues in Medicine.