BIOL 6669: The Virtuous Physician

Student Leaders: 
Richard Buesa, MD18
Faculty Adviser: 
Michael Felder

This course will provide a survey of contemporary medical ethics, with a particular emphasis on virtue ethics and principlism. Special attention will be paid to Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and more recent authors such as Pellegrino, Beauchamp, and Childress. Through a series of seminars and case studies, students will explore contemporary ethical dilemmas in medicine and consider whether it is possible to be both a virtuous human being and a competent and skilled physician.