Research Ethics: Historical Cases
Beginning this semester, the History of Medicine department is offering a series of discussion seminars on research ethics. These seminars constitute part of an alternative to the CORE Research Ethics course, as fulfillment of the SOM Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirement (http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Research/OPC/Research_Integrity/responsible_conduct_RCRprogram.html). The requirement stipulates 8 hours of training, 3 of which must be discussion. This alternative mechanism has two parts:
1) Satisfactorily passing the online CITI course on Research Ethics, which counts for 5 hours.
2) Participation in two 90-minute seminars on historical topics in research ethics, led by faculty in the department of the History of Medicine.
The seminars will be held twice per semester, on Tuesdays, 12:30–2:00 pm, in 303-305 Welch Library. Discussions will be based upon a light (≤30 pp.) reading assignment, which will be pre-circulated and must be completed before the seminar. A brief (1/2 page) written response to the readings should be submitted before the seminar and should form the basis of questions for discussion. The seminars are open to all students in the MD and PhD programs.
Attendance will be limited to 20 per seminar. Students may attend any two seminars: they need not attend consecutive seminars. There are no prerequisites, though registration is required. Attendance will be taken at the seminar to ensure students receive credit for participation.
This semester’s seminars will be:
| March 5 ||“Consent and research ethics: the golden age of prisoner experimentation”||Nathaniel Comfort |
|April 16||“Ethics of mandatory vaccination: state power & responsibility versus individual rights”||Marta Hanson|
Readings may be downloaded as pdfs from this JShare address:
Contact Nathaniel Comfort (email@example.com) to register for a seminar or with any questions.
Please note that you should not consider yourself registered until you have a response acknowledging your registration! It is the student’s responsibility to follow up to make sure he or she is registered. This is to ensure that emails don’t get lost in spam.