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As bioethicists, we engage with social, political, and health care systems that all center on relationality. Part of our responsibility in occupying space within these systems is recognizing where bias, power, and privilege lie, and how our positionality can either contribute to or take away from progress toward a morally conscious society. Bioethicists have the opportunity to remediate preventable harms and address issues of equity, justice, diversity, and oppression. We can also address these issues as core to our growing knowledge base. From our own experiences as bioethics students from multidisciplinary backgrounds, we know that these topics are not sufficiently addressed within academia or they are considered peripheral subjects. Educational institutions can play a role in instituting systemic change, intentional anti-racist practices, and more inclusive frameworks that confront the systems of oppression which contribute to health inequity.Many institutions of higher education released statements committing to address racism and white supremacy in the wake of the pandemic and racial reckoning of 2020. An academic curriculum that reflects these commitments as core to burgeoning bioethicists is a method of action against historical injustice that informs health disparity in care, outcomes, and experiences of the most marginalized.Our purpose is to examine what is included and what is excluded as core learning across three Master of Bioethics programs in the United States. In doing so, we aim to encourage institutions to begin a conversation about the creation of curricula that reflect our priorities as a field moving forward in this new landscape.
Bioethics and Medical Ethics
When and Where Presented
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 23rd Annual Conference , Virtual, October 11th - 16th, 2021.
Kalevor, Shika; Allirajah, Marie-Laura; Hernandez, Isabella; and Ozuah, Phoebe, "Reimagining Bioethics Curricula: Centering Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" (2021). Presentations. 50.