Why offer this training?
Neurologists are frequently confronted by decisions in clinical medicine that are confounded by ethical issues, such as the surrogate decision-making process for patients with aphasia or dementia, whether to participate in physician-assisted suicide, the evaluation and counseling for genetic disorders, and end-of-life care for neurologically impaired patients. A solid grounding in clinical bioethics can be invaluable to address these challenges. This elective will provide opportunities to develop the skills necessary to approach ethical problems during your education, research activities, and clinical practice, and prepare you to share what you have learned with your peers and patients.
What are the details of the elective?
NITCEE is a program sponsored by Ethics, Law, & Humanities Committee (ELHC), a joint committee of the AAN, ANA, and CNS. The elective occurs primarily at your home institution. Each participant will choose a project to pursue that focuses on an ethical issue in neurology. Projects may include activities like developing educational materials, engaging in research, or participating in consultations or seminars relating to ethical topics in neurology. You will select a mentor from your home institution who will guide you through your project.
You are expected to devote at least three weeks during the 2019–2020 academic year to working on your project. You will be expected to provide regular updates on your project to the ELHC, and present a summary of your project at the 2020 AAN Annual Meeting. One of the NITCEE participants will have the opportunity to become an ex officio member of the ELHC during the elective and participate in meetings that are focused on discussions relating to ethical issues in neurology.
A special feature of NITCEE is the opportunity to attend the 2019 Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course (http://bioethics.hms.harvard.edu/HCBC). The course will be held June 12-14, 2019, and attendance is required. The NITCEE sponsors will pay for all course expenses, including travel, meals, and housing.
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The application deadline is April 30, 2019.
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