Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR)


Tia Powell, M.D.
Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics
Professor, Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Psychiatry



The goals of the SOAR concentration in Bioethics are: 1) to allow students to focus in depth on a particular aspect of bioethics with the goal of developing a research question in that area; and 2) to provide mentored support to students as they undertake a bioethics research project. Faculty supervisors will work with students to create specific research goals within the area of focus.

Students who concentrate in bioethics can choose from a variety of educational options and research areas. During the spring of MS-1, students will meet with Dr. Powell to identify an area of focus. Students will then be referred to bioethics faculty with expertise in the relevant areas. These bioethics faculty members will serve as student mentors.

Students participating in the Bioethics concentration will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the field than is provided in the standard Einstein curriculum. All students will take the required first- and second-year courses, Bioethics 1 and Bioethics 2. The summer after the first year, students will work with their mentors to begin their research projects. Fourth year students may be eligible to enroll in intensive bioethics courses listed through the bioethics masters' program, or to create an independent study. Areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, bioethics consultation and mediation, reproductive ethics, public health ethics and policy, global health ethics, narrative ethics, research ethics, LGBT bioethics issues, and ethics issues related to dementia and health policy.

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