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New York Medical College Launches Master of Science (M.S.) in Medical Ethics

The program will provide students with methodological and comprehensive training to confront medical and health care ethics issues skillfully

Date: May 10, 2020
Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program
Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program
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Valhalla, NY – New York Medical College (NYMC) has announced the launch of a Master of Science (M.S.) in Medical Ethics in keeping with its mission to educate outstanding health care professionals for the multicultural world of the 21st century.

Beginning in the fall, NYMC will offer courses that provide students with interdisciplinary training that will prepare professionals to address the ethical, legal, and social challenges in health care today and in the future. Students will study with a broad range of faculty, allowing them to draw on the diverse expertise and resources that NYMC has to offer.

The program will have educational opportunities for a diverse student population, ranging from linkage-type students to senior executives, while still having a focused curriculum that fits with student interests. In addition to courses in Clinical Ethics and Medical Humanities, the program will also offer instruction in Jewish Medical Ethics and Organizational Ethics and Values-Driven Leadership in Healthcare.

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at New York Medical College, will serve as director of the program.

“We are in a moment where health leaders, clinicians, and the general public are looking for answers for how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as how to cope with its aftermath and best meet the moral and social challenges we are facing.  The NYMC Biomedical Ethics and Humanities program is committed to providing curriculum and guidance in clinical ethics, organizational healthcare ethics, and general ethics as it pertains to health and medicine, making NYMC and Touro the leaders of medical and healthcare ethics education going forward,” said Dr. Bedzow.

“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.

Thanks to funding from The Allen and Lillian D. Menkin Family Foundation, the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program at NYMC is collaborating with Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust (MIMEH) to provide bioethics education as part of the program's new Master's degree in Biomedical Ethics and Humanities. Stacy Gallin, D.M.H., founding director of MIMEH and co-chair of the Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust of the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics (Haifa), will be joining the College as a visiting assistant professor, to teach a graduate level course on "Bioethics and the Holocaust: How the Holocaust Continues to Shape the Ethics of Health and Medicine.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this program to our medical students who will have to face challenging ethical issues in the ever-changing world of health care,” said Jerry L. Nadler, M.D., MACP, FAHA, FACE, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of medicine and pharmacology.

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 an ever-evolving healthcare setting.

About New York Medical College

Founded in 1860, New York Medical College (NYMC) is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with nearly 1,500 students and 330 residents and clinical fellows, more than 2,600 faculty members and 23,500 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC and the Touro College School of Health Sciences’ nursing program at NYMC. NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities for students, residents, and practitioners.