I am currently a student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Biomedical ethics is particularly relevant to my choice of career, and is proving more valuable than I first imagined before entering medical school. Few of my colleagues have had the opportunity to take courses in medical ethics, and as a result, I feel better equipped to thoughtfully and respectfully address the often difficult situations physicians and students can face in the hospital. I intend to continue my interests in medical ethics, most likely through a Master's of Public Health or Master's in Bioethics Program.
While an undergraduate at UVa, I created a biomedical ethics major through the interdisciplinary studies program, and worked through the Philosophy, Religious Studies, and International Relations departments. Perhaps the most valuable part of the academic experience was the rigorous and nurturing interaction with the faculty. I was also a member of the bioethics society and served as the student representative to the bioethics curriculum advisory committee for two years. During the summers I participated in internships at the NIH, NIEHS, and the Alliance of Health Reform, and published a paper on international research ethics in journal TRENDS in Molecular Medicine .
More generally, bioethics has provided me a lens through which to critique and appreciate my own life choices and pursuits. How I approach debates on contentious issues, how I think about my role in international aid, and even how I choose to vote, is undoubtedly influenced by the time I spent in seminars and discussions, working with the faculty, and by my readings of John Rawls, Ruth Macklin, and more.