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

Northwestern Clinical Bioethics Scholars Program

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities offers a two-year scholars program that provides advanced training in the theory of bioethics and its application to clinical medicine.

The program includes the following curricular components:

  • Attend 10 Core Didactics/Workshops
  • Attend 12 Specialty Didactics/Workshops
  • Complete Asynchronous Learning
  • Participate in Practical Experience
  • Develop a Scholarly Project
  • Develop a Portfolio of Scholarly Activities

The curriculum provides a broad understanding of clinical bioethics across the following six subcompetencies:

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

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
  • Develop scholarly products that allow the learner to increase their understanding of the ethical challenges in their own subspecialty


Candidates must be affiliated with an academic department, school, or college at Northwestern University or another academic medical center; or a healthcare professional in the Northwestern Medicine organization.

Faculty from non-healthcare fields are welcome to participate if the area of Bioethics can be applied to their primary area of study (e.g. medical anthropology, environmental/health issues, health journalism).



All physicians and individuals not affiliated with Northwestern Medicine will be charged $2,000 total for the two-year program. Nurses, researchers, and other non-physician NM-affiliates will be charged a reduced total cost of $1,000.


Apply to Join

Applications to join the program in Fall 2020 are now being accepted. The application deadline is Friday, July 31, 2020. A brief online application, a statement of purpose, a statement of experience, an updated CV, and a brief interview are required for consideration.



Important Dates (2020)

  • Applications open: June 1, 2020
  • Applications close: July 31, 2020
  • Decisions communicated: August 14, 2020
  • Orientation: Late August, exact date TBA
  • First seminar session: Early/mid September, exact date TBA

Program Director

Kelly N Michelson, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Julia and David Uihlein Professor in Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Director, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities


Assistant Program Director

Angira Patel, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Cardiology and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 

Program Coordinator

Myria Knox


Core Faculty

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