Medical Student Bioethics Education Requirements

All medical students are required to attend FOUR (4) Ethics Grand Rounds sponsored by the Neiswanger Institute by the end of their third year and submit a passing (P/F) Ethics Case Analysis Paper during the spring semester of the third year.

The Bioethics Institute also offers:

‌Bioethics & Professionalism Honors Program

PURPOSE:  The Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM), drawing on its Jesuit and Catholic heritage, encourages the development of the character & intellect of its students and has a culture of excellence in professionalism.  SSOM has a large number of students who are active in a self-directed curriculum related to bioethics, health policy, service to the underserved, leadership, and professionalism.  The Bioethics and Professionalism Honors Program asks the student to go one step further to document systematically and reflect upon this self-directed curriculum.  Those who complete this program are recognized with departmental honors administered by the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics.  The outstanding record of achievement of these students is recognized in the following manners:

  • Successful completion of the Honors Program and all its requirements allows the student's accomplishments to be included in his/her Dean's letter recommending the student for residency. (Students who wish this information to be included in their letter must complete the capstone project by July before his/her 4th year.)
  • A listing of the successful completion of the Honors Program on the student's final transcript.
  • Students completing the program are recognized at graduation.

PROCEDURE:  In January of the first year of medical school (M-1), students who are interested in entering the Bioethics and Professionalism Honors Program declare their intention to pursue the program by completing the application.  Students are assigned an advisor from the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics who will help guide them and comment on their portfolio submissions.  To be and remain eligible for the Honors Program, a student must be in good academic standing and uphold professional standards in keeping with those of the Stritch School of Medicine and Loyola University Chicago.  Good academic standing is generally construed to mean that a student has not failed a course during the first or second year of medical school or needed remediation in more than one clerkship.  To earn honors at graduation, the student's portfolio must include a number of required accomplishments and an adequate number of optional achievements.

Information for Goals, Reflections, Activities, Honors Research Seminars, Topical Seminars, Bioethics Boot Camp and Capstone Project

TO ENROLL AND PARTICIPATE IN THE HONORS PROGRAM:  We will start taking applications January 2017. Complete the Honors Application Form 2017.  E-mail the completed form to Cassandra Smith at



Bioethics Honor's Program Capstone Presentations:

Thursday, June 8, 2017 9am-5pm SSOM Room 170

Friday, June 9, 2017 9am-5pm SSOM Room 150

Bioethics Boot Camp:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Presenter: Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD
Title: “Beyond the Four Principles: An Overview of Bioethics Theories”
Time: 11:45am-1:00pm
SSOM Room 170

Monday, March 27, 2017
Presenter: Mark Kuczewski, PhD
Title: “A Surprisingly Interesting Discussion about Informed Consent and Decision-Making Capacity”
Time: 11:45am-1:00pm
SSOM Room 170

Monday, April 3, 2017
Presenter: Michael McCarthy, PhD
Title: Theological Bioethics
Time: 1:30pm-2:45pm
SSOM Room 160

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Presenter: Katherine Wasson, PhD, MPH
Title: End of Life Issues and Ethics Consultation
Time: 11:45am-1:00pm
SSOM Room 150

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Presenter: Nanette Elster, PhD, MPH
Title: Pediatric Ethics
Time: 11:45am-1:00pm
SSOM Room 170

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Presenter: Emily Anderson, PhD, MPH
Title: Research Ethics
Time: 11:45am-1:00pm
SSOM Room 150