The Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) provides rigorous methodological and conceptual training in bioethics for postdoctoral scholars who aim to become academic bioethicists. Although there are many bioethics-related masters-level graduate programs in the United States, none of these programs is designed to train the physician-scientist or other scholars aspiring to bioethics faculty positions in academic medical centers and universities. There is a desperate need for a pipeline for outstanding junior faculty in the field of medical ethics. The Penn MSME will be one of only a very limited number of training programs for aspiring bioethics scholars, none of which are degree-granting, further enhancing Penn’s position as a global leader in medical ethics.
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