Courses Offered by Faculty

Courses Offered by Faculty

CCTS 21002, HIPS 21002
The Making of the "Good Physician": Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Vocation, Calling and the Pursuit of Clinical Excellence
Winter 2018 (Wed. 1:30 - 4:30pm), Jan 3 - March 7
W300 Conference Room (Section of Hospital Medicine), Mitchell Hospital
Instructors: John Yoon, MD & Michael Hawking, MD

This multi-disciplinary course draws insights from medicine, sociology, moral psychology, philosophy, ethics and theology to explore answers to the unique challenges that medicine faces in the context of late modernity: How does one become a “good physician” in an era of growing moral pluralism and health care complexity? Students will engage relevant literature from across these disciplines to address issues regarding the legitimate goals of medicine, medical professionalism, the doctor-patient relationship, vocation and calling, the role of religion in medicine, and character development in medical education. The course will first introduce the challenges that moral pluralism in contemporary society presents to the profession of medicine along with the subsequent calls for a renewed pursuit of clinical excellence in today’s complex health care system. It will then survey the resurgence of a philosophical discipline (virtue ethics) that has begun to shape contemporary debate regarding what types of “excellences” are needed for a good medical practice dominated by medical science and technology. Students will examine scholarship in three primary areas: First, students will examine traditional religious accounts both of medicine and of moral formation, to consider how they might inform answer to the question, How does one become (and remain) a good physician? Second, students will examine recent research in the field of moral psychology that is shaping contemporary views regarding moral and professional formation and identity. Finally, students will examine studies from the vocational psychology literature on work motivation, focusing particularly on the construct of calling and its application to the pursuit of clinical excellence in medicine.

Syllabus

Sponsored by the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, Program on Medicine and Religion and the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, with support from the Committee on Clinical & Translational Science.


CCTS 21004 / RLST XXXX
Christian Theological Perspectives on Medicine and Bioethics
Winter 2018 (Mon/Wed 1:30pm - 2:50pm), Jan 3 - March 7
W300 Conference Room (Section of Hospital Medicine), Mitchell Hospital
Instructors: John D. Yoon, MD & Daniel Kim, MA, MPH

This course rests on the assumption that contemporary challenges in medicine stem from a moral pluralism reflecting the cultural conditions of late modernity, as well as from a growing inability to maintain clinical excellence in an increasingly complex and bureaucratic health care system. Throughout American history, Christians have often worked toward cultural change in various vocational spheres in order to align their practices in the world toward a religious and spiritual ideal. This course will explore a theological framework for a different paradigm of active cultural engagement in medicine and bioethics. First, students will examine traditional Christian accounts both of medicine and of moral formation, to consider how they might inform answer to the question, How does one become (and remain) a good phyisician? Students will study sacred texts, traditions, and practices of Christianity to search for moral, spiritual, conceptual, and practical resources within the tradition that physicians might draw upon to recover ways of practicing medicine as a vocation, as a sacred calling. Second, students will examine empirical literature from vocational psychology on work motivation, focusing particularly on the construct of calling and its application to the pursuit of clincial excellence in medicine. Third, students will also examine recent research in the field of moral psychology that is shaping contemporary views regarding moral and professional formation and identity. Lastly, after surveying the contemporary challenges in medicine through the above interdisciplinary analyses, students will explore various Christian theological perspectives that attempt to re-imagine what "faithful presence" might entail in the current vocational sphere of medicine. Students will explore the diverse theological perspectives of Catholicism, Protestantism, and Eastern Orthodxy adn bring them to bear on the following questions: "What religious and spiritual resources does their Christian tradition bring to bear on the challenges and opportunities in the vocational sphere of medicine and bioethics?" "What would it mean to exhibit a "faithful presence" in medicine?" "What it might mean for the institutions that shape medicine to truly enhance the communities in which they live?"


MEDC 30030
Religion, Bioethics and the Practice of Medicine 
Spring 2018 (Wed. 1:30pm - 3:00pm), Mar 28 - May 30
W300 Conference Room (Section of Hospital Medicine), Mitchell Hospital
Instructors: John D. Yoon, MD & Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc

Religious traditions provide frameworks for understanding the human being and disease, and for attending to the moral dimensions of healthcare within the clinical encounter. For many patients and health care providers their religious identity strongly informs their health and health care behaviors, and religious authorities (texts as well as interpreters of those texts) provide ethical guidance by which to navigate the challenges of contemporary clinical medicine. This course will provoke learners to consider the religious dimensions of health and the doctor (clinician)-patient relationship through a series of small group discussions & guest speakers that cover broad concepts and controversies relevant to the intersection of religion and healthcare from the perspective of various religions and facilitated discussion sessions. Moreover, students will also examine traditional religious accounts both of medicine and of moral formation, to consider how they might inform answer to the question, "How does one become (and remain) a good physician (healer)?"


Courses No Longer Being Taught

RETH 45610/ LAWS 80404/ MEDC 45610  
Seminal Texts in the History of Medical Ethics
Spring 2014 (and will be offered every other Spring Quarter, Tuesday evenings, 6-8:50pm)
Instructor: Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD

This seminar involves a close reading (in translation, but with some texts available in original languages) of seminal texts from antiquity through to the mid-20th century that have shaped thinking about medical ethics. We concentrate on Western works, including Hippocrates, Plato, Scribonius Largus, Ali al-Ruhani, Paracelsus, Isaac Israeli, Maimonides, John Gregory, Thomas Percival, Worthington Hooker, William Osler, Richard Cabot, Francis Peabody, and various medical oaths and codes of the 20th century. We also read several non-Western texts: The Oath of Initiation of the Caraka Samhita and the Chinese text known as “The Five Commandments and Ten Requirements.” The class is conducted in classical seminar style, with students assigned to lead the discussions of particular texts.  Our interdisciplinary discussion exemplifies and provides a context for the interdisciplinary nature of the field.


RETH 45401/ MEDC 45401/ LAWS 80403
Theories of Medical Ethics
Spring 2015, then every other Spring, Tuesday evenings, 6-8:50pm. 
Instructor: Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD

Open to Divinity, Law, and Medical students, this seminar involves a close reading and critique of the most prominent theories in contemporary medical ethics, including Principlism (Beauchamp and Childress), Utilitarianism (Singer; Epstein), Libertarianism (Engelhardt), Contractualism (Veatch), Foundationalism (Pellegrino and Thomasma), Casuistry (Jonsen and Toulmin), and Covenantal approaches (Ramsey; May). The class is conducted in classical seminar style, with students assigned to lead the discussions of particular texts. Our interdisciplinary discussion exemplifies and provides a context for the interdisciplinary nature of the field.