Program on Medicine and Religion

Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Religion, Ethics, and the Medical Sciences

Due to the generous support of the Templeton Foundation and the Hyde Park Institute, this year we are offering Graduate Teaching Fellowships in Religion, Ethics and the Medical Sciences (REMS) at the University of Chicago with a start date of Oct 1st 2020. REMS Teaching Fellows help advance the educational initiatives and scholarship of the Project on the Good Physician (a national longitudinal study of the moral development and professional identity formation of physicians-in-training). The overall aim of the program is to foster a learning community that leads to measurable educational outcomes in moral and professional identity formation. REMS Teaching Fellows will also explore effective teaching and programmatic practices with students of medicine or religious studies, chaplain/resident trainees, practicing physicians, and clergy/campus ministers in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. 

The REMS Teaching Fellows would receive guidance and support from multiple mentors on teaching, educational research, program design/delivery, and ongoing professional development through a collaboration with the Center for Health and Social Science (CHeSS) at the University of Chicago’s Department of Medicine, and the Hyde Park Institute. This position is meant for PhD candidates at the University of Chicago who will be graduating with a degree in religious ethics or theology, and a demonstrated interest in the intersection of religion, ethics and the medical sciences. Candidates with previous teaching experience, administrative skills, and scholarship in religion, ethics and medical science will be preferred. 

REMS Teaching Fellows are expected to be fully in residence and on campus during the three quarters of the academic year, and will participate in a program of professional development under the joint supervision of the Center for Health and Social Sciences (CHeSS) and the primary faculty supervisor, Dr. John Yoon. 

2021 – 2022 REMS Visiting Scholar

Chaïma Ahaddour, PhD

Visiting Scholar (Guest Scientist)

Chaïma Ahaddour is the assistant professor of Islamic Ethics at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, where she is a member of the Research Unit Theological and Comparative Ethics. Her areas of specialization are: Islamic ethics, ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, end-of-life care.

Chaïma obtained her doctoral degree in Religious Studies at the KU Leuven. She has worked on a doctoral dissertation on the attitudes, beliefs and practices regarding death and dying among middle-aged and elderly Moroccan Muslim women living in Antwerp, Belgium. Currently, Chaïma’s research focuses on Islamic perspectives on issues at the beginning of life, including prenatal diagnosis and termination of pregnancy.

2020 – 2021 REMS Teaching Fellows

Daniel T. Kim, MA, MPH, PhD

Assistant Director
2020-2021 Templeton Teaching Fellow in Religion, Ethics, and the Medical Sciences
2020-2021 William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellow at the Divinity School

Daniel T. Kim, MA, MPH, PHD was a PhD Candidate in Religious Ethics at the University of Chicago, Divinity School and is now an Assistant Professor in the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College. He received his master’s degrees in religious ethics and public health from Yale University, and has since published on medicine, ethics, and religion in leading academic journals. He previously served as Senior Program Manager of the Program on Medicine and Religion (2010-2016), as an organizer for its national series of Conferences on Medicine and Religion (2012-2016), and as Managing Editor of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics (2010-2017). Daniel’s current project Modern Medicine and the Hermeneutical Self: Meaning, Ethics, and Identity draws on the moral theories of Charles Taylor and Augustine to interrogate a range of bioethical concerns that grow out of his work at the Program on Medicine and Religion, including clinician malaise and health justice. His research interests extend also to questions of moral and spiritual significance in end-of-life care, biotechnology, and research ethics. Daniel also recently served as Senior Associate of the Center for Ethics and Professionalism at the American College of Physicians (2017-2019).

Caroline Anglim, MA, PhD

Co-Assistant Director
2020-2021 Templeton Teaching Fellow in Religion, Ethics, and the Medical Sciences
2020-2021 Martin Marty Center Fellow at the Divinity School

Caroline Anglim, MA, was a PhD candidate in Religious Ethics at the University of Chicago, Divinity School and and will soon be the Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Professionalism in the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Mercer University School of Medicine (Macon, GA). Her dissertation research approaches medical ethics as a space of public, democratic discourse. She is working to identify analytical categories and conceptual distinctions in theories of democracy to make those relevant and useful to medical ethicists as they address issues of religious pluralism in American public health systems. She is pursuing this project with the support of a Martin Marty Center junior Fellowship, which fosters interdisciplinary scholarship on issues of religion in public life. She is currently an Alma Wilson Teaching Fellow for the Divinity School and College and has previously served as the Coordinator of the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion (2019-2020). In 2019, Caroline helped to organize and lead the Program on Medicine and Religion’s “Religious Dimensions of Healthcare Delivery, a conference for clinicians and chaplains in the greater Chicago area.