FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership. FASPE is neither a Holocaust studies course, nor a genocide prevention program. Rather, the curriculum is designed to challenge Fellows to critically examine constructs, current developments and issues that raise ethical concerns in their professions in contemporary settings in which they work.
FASPE Medicine challenges its Fellows to recognize their responsibility to act as ethical leaders in their medical careers. FASPE begins by examining the actions and choices of German physicians in enabling and executing Nazi policies. FASPE then draws on this historical example to help Medical Fellows grasp their role and responsibility as individuals with influence in their communities and to lead them to identify and confront the ethical issues currently facing physicians and the medical profession at large.
Each year, FASPE Medical awards fellowships to 14 to 16 medical students and residents. Fellows spend two weeks in Berlin and Poland, where they visit key sites of Nazi history and participate in daily seminars led by specialized faculty. The program couples the power of place with academic rigor and many informal opportunities for creative exchange.
FASPE draws on a large pool of applicants, whose diverse backgrounds and interests enrich discussions both inside and outside the seminar room. Medical Fellows travel with Seminary Fellows, allowing them to broaden their understanding of the role of professionals over shared meals and activities and in several interdisciplinary seminars. FASPE Fellowships are fully funded so that financial ability does not affect participation.
FASPE Medical applicants must fit into one of following three categories: 1) be enrolled in an MD or DO program (or equivalent) at the time of their application and anticipate completion of at least one clinical year prior to the start of the fellowship; 2) have an MD or DO (or equivalent) and be working towards a subsequent bioethics, public health or doctoral degree; or 3) be enrolled in a residency program.
FASPE seeks Fellows who are about to embark on their career as professionals, are interested in engaging in discussions with their co-Fellows and faculty, and who have the intellectual and emotional maturity to unpack difficult and controversial issues responsibly and respectfully in small group settings. FASPE selects its Fellows on the basis of their academic background, personal and professional experiences, capacity for leadership and ability to contribute to the program and the alumni community. All applications are welcome and reviewed.
ANNOUNCING NEW DATES FOR THE 2021 MEDICAL PROGRAM
(Application deadline: January 27, 2021)
Changes to the 2021 Fellowship
In the interest of both ensuring the safety of all participants, and creating a meaningful, enriching program that allows Fellows to experience the full FASPE curriculum, including the power of place and the impact of being a member of an in-person learning community, we would like to announce the following changes to the 2021 FASPE Medical Fellowship:
The program will launch with a virtual workshop in the spring, and culminate with an intensive week in Germany and Poland in the fall, visiting key historical sites in Berlin and Krakow, as well the site of the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Fellows will participate in rigorous seminars led by experts in their respective fields and examine the roles their professional counterparts played in Germany and elsewhere from 1933-1945, and then draw on historical, cultural, philosophical, literary and discipline-specific sources to explore the ethical issues facing their fields today.
FASPE Medical will begin with 3 consecutive days of virtual workshop on the following dates:
June 14 – 10:00am-4:00pm EST
June 15 – 10:00am-4:00pm EST
June 16 – 10:00am-4:00pm EST
These interactive and dynamic sessions will provide the opportunity to learn about the history of the Nazi-era from experts, to understand more deeply the significance of the sites we will visit, and to engage in challenging and thought-provoking discussion of contemporary ethical issues with Fellows, faculty, and guest speakers. The 3-day workshop will be followed by once-a-month 90 minute sessions on the following dates:
June 29 – 11:00am-12:30pm EST
July 27 – 11:00am-12:30pm EST
Aug 24 – 11:00am-12:30pm EST
Sept 24 – 11:00am-12:30pm EST
*Participation in the virtual programming is required in order to participate in the in-person travel portion of the program.
Travel to sites of historical significance in Germany and Poland will take place October 2-10, 2021.
*All participants must have received the COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel.
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENSION: Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their status by the beginning of April.
FASPE Medical Fellows examine 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 and limits of contemporary bioethics, including with regards to physician-assisted death and technological advancements
- complicated issues in research ethics, including when research is conducted outside of the United States and the impact of technological advancements
- the legacy of prejudice in the medical profession
- navigating multiple loyalties to individual patients, the larger patient population, the public good, research goals, medical institutions and more
- end-of-life care (structured as an interdisciplinary discussion with Seminary Fellows)
- tactics for addressing ethical issues within medicine’s institutions
FASPE Medical Fellows are now in diverse residency or other post-graduate programs or are working as practicing physicians, researchers at major universities, bioethicists and public health professionals. Through their shared FASPE experience, Fellows form long- lasting relationships and deep bonds that grow over time. Medical Fellows participate in formal and informal networks that provide support throughout their careers.
FASPE Medical was initially developed in consultation with faculty at the Yale School of Medicine.