Bioethics Bootcamp

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania will had our third Bioethics Boot Camp, a three-week intensive introduction to bioethics, on June 4-23, 2017. 

Bioethics Boot Camp is designed for graduate students in philosophy, political theory, law and the social sciences. 

At Bioethics Boot Camp, students

  • Attend lectures by philosophers, social scientists, lawyers, physicians and medical researchers giving an overview of the interdisciplinary field of bioethics
  • Have seminars exploring specific bioethics issues in depth
  • Go on rounds in the hospital
  • Get practical advice about publishing bioethics papers and pursuing a career in bioethics
  • Are paired with a faculty mentor, who helps the student develop a bioethics research topic and write a publishable bioethics paper



                        Bioethics Boot Campers 2017

Emmalon Davis is a graduate student in the philosophy department at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her primary research areas are ethics and epistemology, especially where these intersect with feminist philosophy and philosophy of race. She is also interested in issues pertaining to gender and bioethics. Her research in these areas focuses on procreative ethics and raises questions more broadly about responsibility, autonomy, and the ethics of marketing products. Her recently published papers include “Typecasts, Tokens, and Spokespersons: A Case for Credibility Excess as Testimonial Injustice (Hypatia, 2016) and “What is it to Share Contraceptive Responsibility” (Topoi, 2015). 

Tamryn Gray is a Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University. Her work explores a variety of issues intersecting nursing, ethics, and cancer research. Her primary research focuses on the complex nature of treatment decision-making for individuals with cancer and their decision partners from diagnosis through survivorship and end-of-life. She is particularly interested in the influence of bioethics, epistemology, socio-cultural politics and justice in healthcare, feminist philosophy, and patient-family factors on shared decision making around 1) utilization of experimental cancer therapies in clinical trials and 2) future fertility choices in women with cancer. Prior to doctoral studies, Tamryn practiced as a nurse clinician specializing in hematology/oncology, pediatrics, and bone marrow transplantation at Duke University Hospital. She simultaneously served on faculty at the University of NorthCarolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her BSN and MSN degrees. 

 Erica Preston-Roedder completed her PhD in philosophy at NYU in 2010 and a Masters of Science in Health Policy and Management at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011. After her graduate studies, Dr. Preston-Roedder worked for five years at a North Carolina non-profit dedicated to quality improvement in hospitals. Serving first as a data analyst and later as director ofquality measurement, she shaped the data collection efforts for a variety of quality improvement projects, including multi-state projects to reduce hospital infections and readmission rates. She also worked with stakeholders on federal and state health policy issues. Dr. Preston-Roedder’s specific interests within bioethics include health policy,particularly questions of healthcare quality and health justice, as well as the application of contemporary feminist critiques to helathcare.  

Guy Shalev is an anthropology PhD candidate at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation research considers the professional and political lives of Palestinian physicians in the Israeli public health system. He is interested in ‘medical neutrality’ as an ethical framework within which political subjectivities are formed and articulated in the medical sphere. 

Eric Sampson is a Ph.D. studnet on philosphy at the University of North Carolina at ChapelHill. His research has focused mostly on metaethics, but he alos has interest in practical ethics, the philosophy of well-being, epistemology and analytic religion. He is interested in what (if anything) follows from the fact that, in all of these domains, there is widespread, intractable disagreement among both philosophers and non-philosophers. Recently, he’s been working on the question of how we’re rationally required (if we are) to revise our beliefs in the face of disagreement from people we judge to be just as intelligent, well-informed, and open-minded as we are.

Eli Shupe is a graduate student at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her research is in cognitive science and the philosophy of mind, with a focus on animal cognition. She has spent time as a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Centre. In her spare time, she enjoys solving crossword puzzles and teaching her cat to do tricks. 

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