Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

McGaw Bioethics Clinical Scholars Program

Our program offers Northwestern University’s McGaw Graduate Medical trainees (residents and fellows) a two-year scholars program that provides advanced training in the theory of bioethics and its application to clinical medicine.

The McGaw Bioethics Scholars Program is a two-year program and is co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and McGaw Medical Center.  Eligible trainees must complete the following curricular components:

  • Attend 10 Core Didactics/Workshops
  • Attend 12 Specialty Didactics/Workshops
  • Complete Asynchronous Learning
  • Participate in Practical Experience and Simulation Skills Practicum
  • Develop an Education Portfolio
  • Complete a scholarly project


These curricular components have been created to promote the ACGME health competencies across all 6 subcompetencies:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice based learning and improvement
  • System based practice, professionalism
  • Interpersonal skills and communications
  • Professionalism


The program components are based on a needs assessment performed by the program leadership and are subject to change based on feedback from participants and mentors.


Program Objectives:

  • Understand the moral, philosophical, and historical basis of bioethics
  • Understand the basic principles of bioethics
  • Identify ethical features of a clinical encounter and develop critical skills necessary to evaluate ethical claims
  • Address ethical challenges and conflicts through defending a particular position on an ethical issue
  • Develop awareness of ethical issues that may occur across subspecialties.
  • Complete a scholarly product that allows the learner to increase their understanding of the ethical challenges in their own subspecialty

Program Director

Angira Patel, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Cardiology and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
anpatel@luriechildrens.org


Director, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Kelly N Michelson, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Julia and David Uihlein Professor in Bioethics and Medical Humanities
k-michelson@northwestern.edu


Program Coordinator

Myria Knox
p-knox@northwestern.edu


Important Dates

  • Application opens: July 1, 2017
  • Application deadline: July 28, 2017
  • Decisions communicated: August 11, 2017
  • Orientation: Early September (exact date TBD)


Application Link

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