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Bioethics requirement?

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  1. 700003

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    Are there any medical schools that require/strongly recommend a Bioethics course to be taken in undergrad?
     
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    No.
     
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    Not necessarily, but some schools have a humanities (UA - Phoenix) or social science requirement (U Miami) that allows Bioethics to fulfill their humanities requirement.

    though i am sure thta Bioethics will be helpful in preparing for ethics questions during interviews.
     
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    I've seen a couple schools that strongly recommend an ethics class. Can't remember where at the moment. None that require it though. Good idea to take one for the sake of interviews. For some reason I have to take 3 medical ethics classes for my major lol
     
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    I don't believe so, but it should be (if not a prerequisite, then requisite in med school itself). That, and a touch of formal logic. Both of those are critical and lacking in various fields, but their absence is underscored by the nature of medicine (where ethics and logic are cornerstones to the art and science of medicine). Just a personal thought (and a slight pet peeve). Plus, they're both fun to think about. Take it if you have the opportunity.
     
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    Generally though, applicants who have ethics are appreciated over those that appear to not have any ethics.

    As joking aside, while I know of no medical school that requires it, it certainly is mentioned in recommended courses by several with a few examples below

    http://weill.cornell.edu/education/admissions/app_req.html
    Breadth of study: WCMC strongly encourages applicants to undertake study in a broad range of disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences, beyond the minimal requirements for admission. Of particular value in the modern practice of medicine are statistics, ethics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and management skills.

    https://www.med.umn.edu/admissions/how-apply/prerequisites
    Humanities or social sciences upper-level course, with an intensive writing requirement; courses include but are not limited to Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Communications, Economics, English, Ethics, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, Women's and Gender Studies.

    http://medicine.umich.edu/medschool/education/md-program/md-admissions/requirements
    Intellectual engagement in the humanities (which may include coursework or research, for example) that emphasizes the written and verbal communication of ideas and concepts with an understanding of their historical and societal background and relevance. Understanding of ethical and analytical decision-making can be helpful. Courses offering a social science or philosophical context (such as philosophy, history, anthropology or psychology) can provide future doctors with insights that are crucial to the discharge of their professional responsibilities.


    https://hms.harvard.edu/departments/admissions/applying/requirements-admission
    Courses in literature, languages, the arts, humanities, and the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, and ethics) are encouraged.
     
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    Thanks for all the info guys! I have the opportunity to take it as part of a general education requirement, but this semester is already pretty tight for me, and I've heard that the ethics class at my school is not easy (lots of writing, and I'm already taking two writing-intensive classes this fall) :(

    I'm going to take another class to fulfill the requirement this fall, and hope to take the bioethics class at a later time! However, I'm also graduating this fall…would it look bad to take an ethics class in the spring as a non-degree seeking student before I apply in June 2016? Or can I indicate that I will be taking such classes in the future (before med school matriculation)?

    I really don't want to postpone graduation over an ethics class which isn't even required for my degree…
     
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    Ethics is good to have. I've seen it on quite a few "highly recommended" lists.
     
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    Either approach can work.
     
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    At my home institution in the fall of 2017 all students will be required to take an ethics course.
     
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    Thanks! Do you mind sharing what institution this is? It's also okay if you don't want to…
     
  12. Nave

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    I'll PM you for the sake of anonymity.
     
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    It would show maturity and great for answering trick interview questions!
     

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