Call for Applications: Medical Ethics Summer Seminar

Medical Ethics Summer Seminar
Faculty: Farr Curlin, MD (Duke University) and Christopher Tollefsen, PhD (University of South Carolina)
Dates: June 15–17, 2023
Location: Duke University,
Durham, NC

Apply now to participate in a two-and-a-half-day Civil Discourse Project Medical Ethics Summer Seminar. This seminar is designed for physicians in training and is open to nursing students also. The seminar invites students to examine the central ethical questions that arise in the everyday practice of medicine and to interpret those questions through a moral framework drawing from both natural law and medicine’s traditional orientation toward the patient’s health. This framework will be contrasted with principlism and consequentialism as participants consider what sort of practice medicine is, whether it has a rational end or goal, and how medicine contributes to human flourishing.

The seminar will consider common clinical ethical cases to examine perennial ethical concerns that arise in the practice of medicine, including: the nature of the clinician-patient relationship; the limits of medicine, the meaning of autonomy, the place of conscience in the physician’s work, the difference between an intended effect and a side effect, proportionality, human dignity, sexuality and reproduction, the beginning of life, disability, end-of-life care, and death. The seminar aims to equip participants with intellectual tools that can help them discern how to practice medicine well in the face of medicine’s clinical challenges and moral complexities.

Admitted applicants will be housed in Duke dormitories and provided with meal cards. There is no cost to attending.

This seminar is open to entering and current medical students or residents, as well as nursing students, from any school.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There is no deadline.

All applicants must submit the following forms and documents via e-mail to John Rose at john.rose@duke.edu:

1) CV or resume, including your nationality.
2) Cover letter discussing the reasons for your interest in the seminar and an overview of any relevant experience in the seminar’s topic. Please explain how you found out about the seminar.