Fellowship: Greenwall Fellowship Program in Bioethics and Health Policy

“The Greenwall Fellowship Program in Bioethics and Health Policy provides an unparalleled opportunity for fellowship and faculty development training in bioethics and health policy. It is a collaborative effort of The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Georgetown University (GU). Together, JHU and GU constitute one of the largest and most diverse faculty in bioethics anywhere. At JHU, Greenwall Fellows work with faculty of the Berman Institute, the Philosophy Department, the School of Medicine, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Georgetown, Fellows work with faculty of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, the Philosophy Department, and the Law Center.

The Greenwall Fellowship program and its faculty cover much of the waterfront of issues and methodologies in bioethics, from ethics and advances in biomedical science, to ethics and public health and health policy, to ethics and clinical care. The defining focus of the Program, however, is bioethics and public policy. Although we provide fellows who wish an exposure to clinical medical ethics with clinically oriented opportunities, our primary emphasis is the intersection of scholarship in bioethics with the formation and evaluation of public policy.

Program of Study
Greenwall Postgraduate Fellows commit to a two-year program of study and experiential learning tailored to their particular interests and backgrounds. The program includes:

A. Seminars
All Greenwall Fellows participate in a specially designed, year-long, topical seminar featuring distinguished guest faculty as well as faculty of JHU and GU, and in a course on methods in bioethics taught by Tom Beauchamp (GU). As the field of bioethics is interdisciplinary, each class of Greenwall Fellows is interdisciplinary by design. We take this interdisciplinarity into account when designing seminars. Faculty are invited to expose Greenwall Fellows to multiple perspectives and to engage them in cross-disciplinary conversation.

B. Summer Internship
In keeping with the focus on public policy, a distinctive feature of the Greenwall Fellowship Program is the fully funded summer policy internship. Fellows have had extraordinary experiences working on the staffs of members of Congress (Kennedy, Clinton, Jeffords, Hatch, and Waxman), at federal agencies (FDA, USDA, CDC, CMS, and DHHS), at the Institute of Medicine, and the Bioethics Institute Advisory Commission.

C. Research Opportunities
The Greenwall Fellowship Program is designed for people who are ready to conduct their own research in a supportive and mentored environment. The objective is for fellows to pursue their scholarly agendas as their interests in bioethics mature. We do not discourage, but neither expect nor in all cases encourage fellows to work on the research projects of faculty. In this regard, we do not follow the “laboratory” model of fellowship training in which fellows learn by advancing the work of their lab director. Instead, we focus on helping fellows to identify and concentrate on their own research objectives, establish realistic time tables for the conduct of their work, and find appropriate faculty to serve as critical readers and mentors.
We do offer fellows opportunities to work with faculty on large collaborative, interdisciplinary projects, opportunities that fellows pursue if they find them of interest. For example, fellows have participated in interdisciplinary projects in genetic screening, health and human rights, embryonic stem cell research, personal identity and neuroscience, medical privacy, Medicare reform, and reproductive genetics.

D. Teaching Opportunities
Greenwall Fellows have the opportunity to teach in relevant divisions of both JHU and GU. Fellows frequently teach in their field of origin. For example, philosopher fellows teach regularly in the GU and JHU philosophy departments, law fellows teach at GU Law Center, and medicine fellows at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In addition, however, the Fellowship program facilitates opportunities for fellows to teach outside of their primary discipline. Philosophy and law fellows have, for example, taught bioethics courses to medical and public health students, an attractive option to those fellows who are interested in gaining experience teaching in an interdisciplinary environment. Teaching is not, however, a requirement of the Program, and some fellows elect not to teach during their fellowship years.”

Further details including information on the stipend, application procedure and the selection process are available from the Fellowship website. The application deadline for 2010-12 is 1st December 2009.

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