As a PhD student, I designed and taught a course called Morality & Medicine – a course on medical ethics – and was a teaching assistant for two philosophy of science courses, Mind & Medicine and Introduction to Philosophy of Science. As an undergraduate, I was a teaching assistant for a course on Data Structures & Algorithms and three Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming courses.
Morality and Medicine, Summer 2022
Clinical medicine and public health are contexts in which disagreements about the right way to make decisions are common and where the stakes for ethical decision-making are especially high. This course is intended to help you make these decisions by giving you the philosophical toolkit to reason through a given situation. We will examine ethical issues that arise in the context of clinical medicine and public health, including informed consent; abortion; transgender medical care; AI in medicine; medical experimentation; industry bias; disability; health inequities; race and medicine; the opioid crisis; and the distribution of health resources. Throughout the course, we will examine what the details of a particular case might tell us about which morally relevant facts and distinctions are important, and whether a particular ethical framework is well-suited to the task at hand. To do this, we will investigate the scientific, medical, legal, and historical details that might inform our thinking about these questions. We will establish and follow community norms for discussing these topics, many of which may be sensitive or deeply personal.