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Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) Class of 2020

Posted by on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Uncategorized .

FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership. FASPE is neither a Holocaust studies course, nor a genocide prevention program. Rather, the curriculum is designed to challenge Fellows to critically examine constructs, current developments and issues that raise ethical concerns in their professions in contemporary settings in which they work.

FASPE Medicine begins by analyzing the decisions, actions and impact of German doctors and the German medical profession in designing, executing and enabling Nazi policies. The program underscores the reality that moral codes governing doctors and the medical profession can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. FASPE then draws on this historical example to help Medical Fellows both to grasp their role and responsibility as individuals with influence in their broad communities and to confront the ethical issues that currently face doctors. By studying professional ethics at the sites of Nazi actions, our Fellows experience the importance of professional ethics in an immersive, powerful and personal way.

FASPE Medical applicants must fit into one of following three categories: 1) be enrolled in an MD or DO program (or equivalent) at the time of their application and anticipate completion of at least one clinical year prior to the start of the fellowship; 2) have an MD or DO (or equivalent) and be working towards a subsequent bioethics, public health or doctoral degree; or 3) be enrolled in a residency program.

The Fellowship is fully funded; and we will be awarding the 2019 FASPE Medical Fellowship to between 14 and 16 applicants.

FASPE seeks Medical Fellows who are interested in engaging in discussions with their co-Fellows and faculty and who have the intellectual and emotional maturity to unpack difficult and controversial issues responsibly and respectfully in small group settings. FASPE selects its Medical Fellows on the basis of their academic background, personal and professional experiences, capacity for leadership and ability to contribute to the program, the alumni community and the broader communities in which they live and work. All applications are welcome and reviewed.

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