The University of Mississippi Medical Center, the UM Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College are proud to announce The 2017 Frate Fellowship in Bioethics and Medical Humanities.
When does it take place?
The fellowship program takes place from June 26 to July 28, 2017.
Where does it take place?
This five-week immersion experience takes place at the Medical Center in Jackson, MS.
Who is eligible?
Students may apply who meet the following:
- You are a UM student who will be a junior or senior in Fall 2017.
- Because fellows will be receiving the same training in ethics that medical and nursing students receive, preference will be given to students who are not planning to go into a health care profession. Students majoring in the humanities, social sciences, or the arts are especially encouraged to apply.
- Two UM students will be selected by a competitive process based on the strength of application, personal statement, and recommendation letter.
- Prior to the first day of the program, you must present evidence that you are covered by a health insurance policy and have received a TB skin test within the last 12 months.
- Preference will be given to UM students who are residents of Mississippi.
What will I do?
The experience will consist of basically the same training in ethics that medical students receive.
- You will complete an online tutorial on contemporary ethical theory.
- You will be assigned to ward teams with whom you can directly observe patients as they experience their illnesses, the environment in which their care is given, and observe the physicians, nurses and other staff as they provide that care.
- You will interact with medical and nursing students and will attend selected classes and educational conferences at the University Medical Center and the G.V. Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
- You will be introduced to the ethical issues associated with human subjects research and the use of animals in biomedical research. You will attend meetings of review boards in which both kinds of research are reviewed for approval.
- You will be expected to complete assigned readings in a textbook and the biomedical literature. You will participate in tutorials and small group discussions on the reading assignments with faculty members of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. Written assignments will include keeping a journal of your experiences and reflections and writing an essay that analyzes an ethical, cultural, or social issue encountered during the experience. The course grade will be the average of the grades you receive for: the quality of your preparation and interaction in the seminars and tutorials, the journal, the essay, as well as the quality of your professionalism displayed with the ward teams and classes.
- More information about the history and purpose of the fellowship can be found here.
What course credit will I receive?
You will receive 3 hrs. of credit for SOHE 329: Medical Humanities and receive a letter grade in the Second Summer Session. The tuition and fees for summer school will be paid for by the program.
Where will I stay?
Students will be awarded up to $1,400 of financial aid that they can use to cover boarding costs and living expenses. One housing option is Millsaps College, which is close to the UMMC campus.
How do I apply?
Application materials can be found here.
To ensure consideration, all application materials should be received by 5:00, Friday, March 31, 2017. This application material should be delivered to the Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion:
Dr. Steven Skultety
Department of Philosophy and Religion
103 Bryant Hall
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
Phone: (662) 915-7345