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New York Medical College Launches Master of Science in Medical Ethics Program

At NYMC we are committed to the generation, conservation and dissemination of knowledge in biomedical ethics, medical history, literature and medicine

Date: January 08, 2015
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The program will provide students with methodological and comprehensive training to confront medical ethics issues skillfully 

Valhalla, N.Y. – January 8, 2015 – New York Medical College (NYMC) has announced the launch of a Master of Science in Medical Ethics program in keeping with its mission of educating outstanding health care professionals for the multicultural world of the 21st century. Beginning in the fall, NYMC will offer courses that use historical, philosophical, legal and social-scientific approaches and models to address bioethical challenges. The new masters degree and certificate program will provide students with rigorous methodological and substantive training and emphasize clinical medical ethics, compassionate care, religio-cultural competence, ethical implications pertaining to emerging technologies and the different notions of justice that influence ideas of public health. Classes will initially be offered in the evening and online. Students will study with a broad range of faculty, allowing them to draw on the diverse expertise and resources that NYMC has to offer.

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., will serve as director of the program. Dr. Bedzow has a Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University, a Master of Arts degree from University of Chicago, a Master of Arts degree from Touro’s Graduate School of Jewish Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. He is an ordained Orthodox rabbi and the Senior Scholar at the Aspen Center for Social Values.

“This is an exciting time for NYMC and for health care at large. Students of our new Master of Science and Advance Certificate programs will be better doctors and more effective health care professionals and advocates. With a focus on clinical ethics, and with an option to concentrate in Jewish medical ethics, our programs are unique in every arena,” said Dr. Bedzow.

“Dr. Bedzow is an outstanding scholar and will serve as a role model for faculty and students as the director of this new interprofessional degree program,” said Jennifer L. Koestler, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education. “Although health professional students are trained in the principles of ethics, there is a need to pursue additional training in medical ethics and the humanities, given the contemporary practice of medicine in an increasingly diverse society with more sophisticated uses of technology and novel treatments for disease. The program will give students the tools to navigate the interplay between the law and medicine and the high costs of medical care.”

“At NYMC we are committed to the generation, conservation and dissemination of knowledge in biomedical ethics, medical history, literature and medicine, and medicine in film. This new degree-granting program furthers this commitment,” said Chancellor and CEO Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A.

This program is targeted to medical students, health professional students and practicing health care providers who are interested in expanding his/ her training in this area. The program is also of interest to rabbinical students who want to work in chaplaincy in a medical setting.

About New York Medical College
Founded in 1860, NYMC is one of the oldest and largest health sciences universities in the country with more than 1,400 students, 1,300 residents and clinical fellows, nearly 3,000 faculty members, and 15,000 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers advanced degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Practice. The College manages more than $36 million in research and other sponsored programs, notably in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, kidney disease, the neurosciences, disaster medicine, and vaccine development.

With a network of affiliated hospitals that includes large urban medical centers, small suburban clinics and high-tech regional tertiary care facilities, NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities throughout the tri-state region for medical students, residents, and other health providers.