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NYMC and Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust (MIMEH) Join Forces to Provide Education Resources on Bioethics in a Time of Political, Economic and Social Instability

This joint collaboration will prove that the College is truly the trailblazer in challenging the social obstacles to community and public health and wellness

Date: June 18, 2020
Stacy Gallin, D.M.H.
Stacy Gallin, D.M.H.
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VALHALLA, NY – The Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program at New York Medical College (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.” Dr. Gallin’s research has primarily been in the study of health disparities and social injustice related to minority and vulnerable communities.

Dr. Gallin is also working with Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program, and the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at NYMC, on a book of the same name, to be published by Springer in its International Library of Bioethics series.

“I am very excited to be working with Dr. Gallin and with MIMEH on this important topic. Dr. Gallin is an incredible scholar and leader in the field. This joint collaboration will prove that New York Medical College is truly the trailblazer in challenging the social obstacles to community and public health and wellness,” says Dr. Bedzow.

“MIMEH has always been committed to using the abrogation of ethics that took place during the Holocaust as the historical framework for examining current issues in bioethics, human rights and social justice. Working together with an esteemed academic institution like New York Medical College at such a critical point in time to engage in scholarship and outreach on this topic will provide the ability to affect change on a global level,” says Dr. Gallin.

The project is being funded by The Allen and Lillian D. Menkin Family Foundation. Allen Menkin, M.D., is the chairman of the board of MIMEH and is a decorated Vietnam era veteran. Dr. Menkin states, “It is appropriate to draw upon and adapt the lessons of the Holocaust. These lessons can teach both the medical profession and society at large the dangers of prejudice and bias so that history does not repeat itself. By virtue of its mission and heritage New York Medical College is uniquely positioned to carry this message. It is a privilege and honor to support this collaboration.”  

For more information on New York Medical College’s Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program and its new Master of Science Degree and Certificate in Medical Ethics, please see the website at https://www.nymc.edu/biomedicalethics.

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