Division of Medical Ethics

The Division of Medical Ethics aims to improve patient care, medical sciences, and health care policy through outstanding bioethics scholarship and the training of the next generation of bioethics scholars.  With strengths in research ethics, neuro- and mental health ethics, global bioethics and the ethics of health care policy, it is among the leading centers of bioethics scholarship in the world.


  • AEREO: The Consortium to Advance Effective Research Ethics Oversight

    Launched in May 2018, AEREO is a consortium of leaders in institutional human subjects research oversight, research ethics, and empirical methods. We have come together to advance the shared mission of evaluating and improving the effectiveness of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and Human Research Protection Programs (HRPPs). Consortium members work collaboratively to advance an empirical research agenda to support evidence-based approaches to research ethics review, oversight, and policy.

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  • The Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care

    The Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care is housed in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. The ScattergoodEthics Program aims to elevate the national conversation about the ethics of research, treatment, and delivery of behavioral health care.

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  • Penn Program in Clinical Conflict Management

    The Penn Program in Clinical Conflict Management offers training in clinical ethics mediation skills and techniques for physicians, nurses, administrators, ethics committee members, social workers, legal counsel, pastoral care provides and other health care professionals. This program enhances the skill set of any health care professional who deals with conflict in a clinical setting. Our workshops cover an introduction to the mediation process, dynamics of the patient/provider relationship, categories of clinical ethics disputes, the neutrality dilemma, and mock mediations. Students will be placed in a variety of clinical simulations in which they will play the roles of disputants and mediators, with ongoing discussions and critiques of mediator performance.

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