Summer Mini-Courses in Germany

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SUMMER 2015
IS FEBRUARY 28, 2015

Language: English
Participants: Medical students from Alpert Medical School and PLME junior and senior undergraduates
Number of students: Up to 15
Tuition: No charge to Brown students
Travel Expenses: Students responsible for all travel expenses to/from and within Germany.

BIOL 6510: Growing Old-Aging and its Medical Challenges
Rostock University, June 1-12, 2015

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Room and Food: Off-campus housing and stipend provided by Rostock. Students responsible for food. 

Extracurricular: Sailing and swimming available on the beautiful Baltic coast.
Course Description: Provide students with cross-cultural perspectives on medical topics such as aging in the US and Germany contexts. During the morning seminars, specialists in aging provide information on the physiology of aging and on prominent diseases afflicting the elderly such as hypertension and diabetes. During the afternoon, students undertake field trips, labs, and visits to institutions of aging as well as engage in cultural activities.

BIOL 6511: Comparative Medical Ethics
Tuebingen University, June 15-26, 2015

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Course coordination: Professor Hans-Jörg Ehni and Dr. Elena Lebherz
Room and Food: Tuebingen books rooms in the youth hostel (including breakfast) and gives a stipend for food which must be used in the commissary.
Extracurricular: Students can make a trip to Munich and Castle Neuschwanstein at their own expense.
Course Description: The goal of this intensive two-week seminar is to bring pre-medical and medical students from Brown and Tuebingen together to discuss ethical issues of medical practice in a comparative perspective. The seminar will consist of small group discussions and study periods, and will include the students preparing short presentations for the group sessions. By comparing different ethical standards and positions from the US, Germany, and selected other countries, the students will not only receive a basic training in medical ethics but also get a sense for the cultural relativity of moral reasoning, the co-existence of alternative and competing ethical frameworks, calibrated to different civilizational traditions and socio-political conditions. The participants will be offered clinical cases to discuss the implications of different ethical positions. The seminar will be highly interactive to induce a stimulating exchange of ideas and arguments between the medical students from the US and Germany.
The seminar covers the following topic areas under a comparative perspective:
Organization of health-care systems

  • Three prototypical systems:
    • Market driven system: US health system
    • Social security system: Germany
    • Tax financed state system: United Kingdom
    • Distributive justice in health care, comparison of the three countries US, Germany and UK

Medical decision making and the physician-patient relationship

  • Basic ethical principles of medical decision making (respect for autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, justice)
  • Models of the physician-patient relationship
  • Meaning, justification and elements of informed consent
  • Standards for surrogate decision making
  • End-of-life decision making and euthanasia