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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
  • Develop a Portfolio of Completed Works
  • Develop 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
  • Develop a scholarly product that allows the learner to increase their understanding of the ethical challenges in their own subspecialty

Apply to Join

Applications to join in Fall 2021 will be accepted beginning on June 1, 2021. In addition to the online application, a letter of support from your program director and an updated CV will be required.


Non–McGaw trainees, please consider the Northwestern Clinical Bioethics Scholars Program.


Important Dates (2021)

  • Information sessions: June 23, 2021 at 5pm, and July 19, 2021 at 5pm (locations TBA)
  • Applications open: June 1, 2021
  • Applications close: July 25, 2021
  • Decisions communicated: August 14, 2021
  • Orientation: Late August, exact date TBA
  • First seminar session: Early/mid September, exact date TBA 

Program Director

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


Director, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

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


Program Coordinator

Myria Knox


Core Faculty

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