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Rudin Fellowships and Ethics Presentations

The Department of Medicine and the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine run an annual "ethics fellowship" designed to promote the discussion and study of ethical topics on medical service. Up to eight residents annually serve as a monthly ethics "fellows" drawing on their experiences in the medical service they identify salient ethical issues for analysis. They then present their finding to the medical center community at a Thursday noon conference. Fellows may also participate in the presentation of medical ethics cases at morning report.

Topics presented have included medical error, the determination of decision-making capacity, the withdrawal of ventilatory support, the ethics of selling transplant organs, and response of house officers to negative medical outcomes. Each fellow receives an $800 stipend with funding coming from the Rudin Foundation.

The ethics fellowship has provided an exciting opportunity for medical residents both to study ethical topics and teach their colleagues.

Response to the ethics fellowship has been positive, both from the fellows and those attending the conferences. The Rudin Foundation has graciously agreed to fund fellows for the months of October 2006-June 2007. While most fellows have been senior residents, junior residents or interns may also apply.

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