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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

Further Information
2019 Medical Curriculum
FASPE Journal Articles

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.

Eligibility

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 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.

2020 FASPE Medical Program Dates: June 12, 2020 – June 26, 2020 (Program starts on the evening of June 12)

To learn more about the application process please go here.

To view photos of the 2019 Medical program and to read about the experience, please go here.

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
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 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.

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