Beginning this fall, Postbac Premed students will have the opportunity to enrich and diversify their premedical educations prior to enrolling in medical school through the Combined Postbac Premed-M.S. Bioethics Program, offered in partnership with the School of Continuing Education. Students will begin taking courses in the Bioethics program during the second year of the Postbac Premed Program while completing the premedical degree requirements, and will continue the program throughout their glide year.
According to Peter J. Awn, Dean of Columbia University School of General Studies, applications are due by March 15, 2011 for the Combined Postbac Premed-M.S. Bioethics Program. “We are delighted about this new partnership, which will provide exceptional students with a crucial and relevant foundation for the practice of medicine,” Awn said.
Kristine Billmyer, Dean of Columbia University School of Continuing Education, is also thrilled with the partnership. “Graduates of the combined program will go on to study medicine through the lens of an emerging discipline that is preoccupied with a range of issues that will change the practice of medicine throughout the world,” Billmyer said.
Bioethics is a rapidly expanding discipline that brings together studies in law, philosophy, religion, economics, science, and history. It seeks to confront the challenges created by rapid changes in biotechnology and biomedicine, from end-of-life care to DNA sequencing to new reproductive technologies.
Find out more information about the Combined Postbac Premed-M.S. Bioethics Program here.