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Medical Program

FASPE was a phenomenal experience. I came in hoping to learn how to better approach ethics in the medical profession, and I left with a better understanding of how our profession, a profession of healing, can transform itself to participate in such destruction.
Jessica Gold
2013 FASPE Medical Fellow

FASPE Medical examines the role played by German physicians and the medical profession in Germany from 1933 to 1945, underscoring the reality that moral codes governing doctors and other healthcare professionals can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. Having demonstrated the power held by the medical profession in a modern society, FASPE addresses ethical issues now facing individual physicians and medical institutions at large. With the historical background in mind, FASPE Medical Fellows are more committed and better positioned to confront contemporary ethical issues.

Each year, FASPE chooses 12-15 Medical Fellows from medical schools to spend two weeks in Berlin and Poland where they visit key historical sites and participate in daily seminars led by specialized faculty. The Medical Fellows travel with the Seminary Fellows, having the opportunity to exchange views over shared meals and in several interdisciplinary seminars.

In 2018, the FASPE Medical program dates are Saturday, June 16, 2018 – Friday, June 29, 2018.
Applications are now being accepted and are due on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

FASPE Medical Fellows consider topics such as:

  • the complicity of medical professionals in the design and execution of Nazi policies
  • the allocation of medical care in a time of limited resources
  • the role of technology in the medical profession
  • the role and limits of contemporary bioethics, including euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide
  • complicated issues in research ethics, including where research is conducted outside of the United States
  • the legacy of prejudice in the medical profession
  • navigating multiple loyalties—to individual patients, the larger patient population, research goals, medical institutions and more
  • tactics for addressing ethical issues within medicine’s institutions
Doctors and staff of the Lodz Ghetto hospital, Lodz, Poland, 1940-1944.Gift of Esther Fox, Yaffa Eliach Collection donated by the Center for Holocaust Studies, Museum of Jewish Heritage, NY

FASPE Medical offers an approach to ethics and professionalism that differs from the usual experience at medical schools and graduate bioethics programs by providing a holistic curriculum that looks beyond the specifics of rules and norms to focus on ethical problems faced by individual doctors in the various settings in which they practice.

The Medical program was initially developed with the assistance of Dr. Thomas Duffy, Professor of Medicine Emeritus (Hematology) at the Yale School of Medicine; Dr. Mark Mercurio, Chief of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale; Dr. John Hughes, Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale; and Dr. Sara Goldkind, Research and Clinical Bioethics Consultant and former Senior Bioethicist at the F.D.A. FASPE Medical Fellows from prior years are now in residency and other post-graduate programs, practicing physicians, pursuing careers in public health or otherwise engaged in the medical profession.

For more information on how to apply to FASPE Medical, please click here.