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Table 1 The Stanford Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration (BEMH SC)

From: The long-term impact of a comprehensive scholarly concentration program in biomedical ethics and medical humanities

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Research Year (optional)
BEMH coursework
• Introductory humanities and ethics courses: ethics courses involve shadowing ethics consults and attending ethics committee meetings
• Additional electives from across the university
• Total of 12 course units
Most students complete required and elective courses within the first two years of medical school (preclinical years) Students may complete additional courses during clinical years. Students may elect to take an additional research year at any point during medical school. In addition to dedicated time for work on continuing or new projects, they may participate in coursework and extracurricular activities during their research year.
• Scholarly project required for graduation: includes required oral presentation (can be conference presentation) and written report (can be publication)
• Competitive grant support and advising through Medical Scholars Research program
• Can be in the form of traditional research or creative projects
Most students complete requirements for a scholarly project within the first two years of medical school (preclinical years). Students may use clinical years to continue projects from the first two years of medical school or pursue additional projects.
Extracurricular activities
• Consists of a variety of activities: writing workshops/journals, student art symposium, lecture series (e.g., on end-of-life care), etc.
Students can and do participate in extracurricular activities throughout all four years of medical school.
  1. Components of the BEMH SC, including coursework, research, and extracurricular activities, organized by program year