The Bioethics and Professionalism Honors Program utilizes Loyola's Taskstream e-Portfolio.

PURPOSE: To develop further the character, intellect and professionalism of students through systematic goal-setting and reflection on a self-directed curriculum in bioethics, health policy and professionalism.

GOALS: You’ll need to enter goals related to bioethics & professionalism at least once per year. You should try to have goals for at least two activities per year that would sum to at least 24 hours of activity.

REFLECTIONS:This is a key part of the program. You will upload supporting materials at intervals to demonstrate progress toward goals; such material will usually be a critical reflection on this work. These reflections help you to see how you are evolving as a future member of the medical profession. These reflections should usually bring together your observations of the people you served, your response to them, and the role of the medical profession. These reflections should usually bring together your observations of the people you served, your response to them, and the role of the medical profession.  Each reflection must use the RFLCT rubric as its structure (Reflection Rubric). Faculty mentors enter comments during the year on goals and on reflections.

ACTIVITIES: Twenty-four (24) hours per year of activities related to bioethics and professionalism (see list below).  Selective Activities: Student should consider a well-rounded program of activities that include clinical, educational, or service activities over the course of his or her three years in the honors program. However, not every area need have a goal or activity each year.  Suggested activities would include:

  • Participation in activities of the Bioethics Interest Group (B.I.G.)
  • Participation in Ethics Grand Rounds
  • Participation in multi-profession activities
  • Participation in an International Service Immersion trip or Global Health Fund
  • Participation in other service activities, e.g., free clinic, volunteer work at the Community Health Center, community-based education efforts,  Center for Community & Global Health, etc.
  • Other activities approved by the student's advisor that are equivalent in substance, mission, effort to those listed.
  • Students are encouraged to suggest activities to be included to Katie Wasson, PhD, MPH, and their advisors.

SEMINARS: Required attendance at four (4)- the Honors Research Seminar and three (3) Topical Seminars.

  • Honors Research Seminar
  • Topical Seminars in Bioethics and Professionalism.  Students must fulfill their seminar requirement by the end of their M2 year.  Ethics Grand Round credits are a separate SSOM requirement and DO NOT count toward this quota.

New Requirements (Class of 2020)

Bioethics Boot Camp: Students must attend 6 foundational bioethics seminars during the Spring of their M1 year. Topics are likely to include informed consent and capacity, pediatric ethics, research ethics, end-of-life issues, catholic social bioethics, and ethics consultation and committees.


The goal of the capstone project is to develop a topic, issue, case or formative experience into a scholarly project.  There are four types of projects that fulfill the Capstone requirement: Empirical/Clinical, Service, Pedagogical/Educational and Conceptual.  The Capstone Projects must be completed and presented as MS3 or by July before 4th year for student to receive recognition in Dean's letter for residency application.

Research Seminars required for CAPSTONE PROJECT (pdf files)

Reference Handouts (pdf files)