I will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with my law degree and my Master's in Bioethics. While here, I became involved in a conference on the constitutionality of state limitations on living wills for pregnant women, legislative testimony recommending a licensing and intellectual property schema for California's stem cell program, Congressional testimony for a habeus corpus bill regarding incompetent patients and life sustaining treatment, and the permissibility of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act under federal drug law. Ultimately, I hope to work as in-house counsel for an academic medical center.
At UVa, I was a biology major and a bioethics minor, with a leadership position in the Bioethics Society. The breadth of UVa's bioethics curriculum - biology, philosophy, religious studies, and practical ethics - prepared me for graduate level classes much better than the majority of my Master's program colleagues, whose backgrounds are substantially narrower. The quality of UVa's bioethics program was illustrated on the syllabi of my Master's classes - the works of UVa's bioethics faculty are central.
Finally, my integral involvement with the intimately sized and incredibly approachable bioethics faculty gave me the confidence to work closely with my graduate faculty, which ultimately lead to all the interesting projects listed above.