Students Awarded Bioethics Certificates

NEOMED students learn about professional and ethical responsibilities in patient care through their coursework, but what happens when students or professionals want to take that education one step further?

This year,14 students received a certificate for completing the nine-credit Bioethics Certificate Program, led by Julie Aultman, Ph.D., a professor of family and community medicine. The program teaches healthcare professionals and students how to best combine clinical practice with ethics consultation, education and research.

On April 27, students, deans and members of the leadership team gathered for a roundtable discussion before Dr. Aultman and John Boltri, M.D., a professor and chair of family and community medicine, awarded students their certificates.

Each student took a moment to describe their ethical dilemma research, which included the timely topic of compliance with pediatric vaccines. Some research opened the door to further discussions and an opportunity to share stories from real-life practice and rotations; other research left the group speechless. (Hint: It was the project titled “Informed consent: the appropriateness of the Roman Catholic Rite of Exorcisms in Psychotherapy” by Emma Coleman, a fourth-year College of Pharmacy student.)

Congratulations to the students who received certificates. Their names and projects follow:

 

Bhanu Banda, Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Emergency Medicine, Case Western/Metro Health Medical Center

Project: “Continuation of Care for Unvaccinated Pediatric Populations: An Ethical Analysis”

 

Markus Buchfellner, Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Pediatrics, University of South Florida

Project: “The Ethics of Discharging Pediatric Patients”

 

Emma Coleman, Class of 2018 (Pharm.D. and Certificate)

Project: “Informed consent: the appropriateness of the Roman Catholic Rite of Exorcisms in Psychotherapy”

 

Mark Dalvin, Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Surgery, Western Reserve Health Education

Project: “Educating surgical residents on palliative care, hospice care, and advance care planning”

 

Peter DeVito, Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Vascular Surgery, University of Arizona

Project: “The truly extra-anatomical bypass; the ethical pitfalls surrounding futility of care diagnoses exemplified by an extraordinary case report”

 

Amythest Gauthier, Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Family Medicine, Ohio State University Medical Center

Project: Deliberative Care Ethics and Justice Model in the Primary Care Setting: Recommendations for Better Practice

 

Ian Klonk, Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Radiology-Diagnostic, Ohio State University

Project: “The Ethical Dilemmas and Potential Solutions Surrounding the Use of Interpreter Phones in the Hospital Setting”

 

Daniel Kreatsoulas Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Neurological Surgery, Ohio State University

Project: “The Ethical Considerations of Surgery for Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Patients with Questionable Prognosis: Argument for a Narrative Approach”

 

Vinay Krupadev, Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Pediatrics, Tulane University School of Medicine

Global Health Certificate

 

Ahmad Maarouf, Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Emergency Medicine Candidate

 

Shawn Mercer, Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Medicine, Western Reserve Health Education

 

Branavan Ragunanthan, Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Project: “An Ethical Analysis and Critique of Personal Bias in Medicine.”

 

Morali Shah, Class of 2018 (Pharm.D. and Certificate)

Project: 'Ethical considerations surrounding the use of Abilify Mycite in patients with diagnosed Schizophrenia'

 

Eric Westerbeck, Class of 2018 (M.D. and Certificate)

Physical Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center

Project: “Economics Over Justice: An Unfortunate Casualty of Healthcare”

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