Medicine — M.D. with Bioethics — M.A.

Program director, Bioethics, School of Religion

Zdravko Plantak

Program coordinator, School of Medicine

Henry H. Lamberton

Faculty

The faculty for the combined degrees Bioethics with Medicine Program is drawn from Loma Linda University's School of Religion and School of Medicine.

Admissions

Students are selected through a competitive process led by the School of Medicine in conjunction with the Bioethics Program. Selection is based upon the standard admission criteria for the M.A. degree in bioethics minus the GRE because the MCAT includes a critical-thinking component.

The Program

An M.A. degree in bioethics taken as a stand-alone degree requires 48 units in bioethics courses. However, the M.A./M.D. combined degrees student is able to reduce the total units required by sharing 18 units between the two programs in the following manner.

  1. 12 units from three courses in the medical curriculum count as credit toward the M.A. degree in bioethics: a) MDCJ 538 Medical Neuroscience , b) PSYT 526 Psychopathology, and c) PRVM 517 Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine. Acceptance of these courses for M.A. degree credit requires an integrative, supplemental eight-page paper that relates the courses' content to bioethics. The rationale: These three courses in medicine have sufficiently relevant content to bioethics that they academically warrant being applied to the M.A. degree in bioethics requirements.
  2. 4 units come from three School of Religion courses: a) RELE 704 Medicine and Ethics, b) RELE 714 Advanced Medical Ethics, and c) the deletion of one RELT course from the medical student's combined degrees curriculum because its content is substantively duplicated in the Bioethics Program. (Students are informed of the combined degrees option at the beginning of their freshman year and are encouraged not to take RELE 704 Medicine and Ethics during Autumn Quarter if they are contemplating the combined degrees program. The School of Medicine's determination about student acceptability for the combined degrees program can be made immediately after Autumn Quarter grades are posted.)

M.A. degree requirements

The following courses from the M.D. curriculum will be double counted for the M.A. degree in bioethics once the supplemental papers, noted above, are approved.

MDCJ 538Medical Neuroscience3.5
PRVM 517Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine4
PSYT 526Psychopathology4.5
RELE 704Medicine and Ethics2
RELE 714Advanced Medical Ethics2
Total Units16

A model curriculum of bioethics course work taken throughout the four years of medical school

First Year
Winter Quarter
RELE 588Explorers of the Moral Life3
Second Year
Summer Quarter
RELE 524Bioethics and Society4
RELE 568Bioethics and the Law3
Autumn Quarter
RELE 589Biblical Ethics3
Winter Quarter
RELE 554Clinical Ethics Practicum I4
Fourth Year
Winter Quarter
RELE 598Master's Seminar I3
Spring Quarter
RELE 566Heroes of Health Care3
RELE 555Clinical Ethics Practicum II4
RELE 565The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Moral Aspects of Art and Illness3
RELE 599Master's Seminar II2
 Total Units: 32