2019 Bioethics & Society alumni series: Featuring Louisa Howard, class of 2018

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Louisa Howard, Bioethics & Society alumna (class of 2018)

Louisa Howard, Bioethics & Society alumna (class of 2018), currently a 3rd-year medical student at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and recipient of Academy of Medicine of Washington DC  2018 Award for the Best Medical Ethics Essay for an essay titled: “Trapped by TEXAS ‘Trap Laws’: the conflict between law and conscience”, says about the Bioethics & Society programme:

“As a current medical student, I have tremendously benefited from my bioethics degree, as it has allowed me to approach medicine holistically. The Master’s in Bioethics & Society at King’s College London provided an incredible foundation for me to better understand, evaluate, and propose solutions for ethical dilemmas facing healthcare today. I now feel more confident in addressing the concerns of patients and better equipped to approach difficult situations with an open mind. 53877541_319981128874832_1993368169741287424_nThe program provides flexibility, allowing you to tailor your classes, research projects, and thesis to aspects of medical ethics that most interest you and pertain to your future career goals. Being based in a social sciences department adds a unique layer of depth to the program. Students are exposed to diverse perspectives, taking classes with students from other global health & social justice, medicine health & public policy programs in the department, and learning from professors with broad research experiences.”

Louisa graduated with a  BA in Art History, and Bioethics minor from the University of Virginia before studying Bioethics & Society at King’s in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine. In 2016/2017 Louisa Howard was the recipient of one of the prestigious King’s College London President Scholarships.

The Department of Global Health & Social Medicine offers 1 full scholarship (Home/EU Fees) to study in one of our postgraduate programmes, including the Bioethics & Society MSc. Application deadline is March 31st, 2019. Info about the scholarship process here:

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/ghsm/postgraduate/scholarships

Applications for the Bioethics & Society MSc for entry September 2019 are  open:

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/bioethics-and-society-msc

For info about the Bioethics & Society programme contact Dr Silvia Camporesi: silvia.camporesi@kcl.ac.uk

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National Student Survey 2019

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KGHI Student Ambassador Launch

Last Wednesday saw a two faculty and four student panel faced with this enthralling question to mark the launch of the King’s Global Health Institute. The Institute seeks to bring together academics and students from a range of departments and disciplines who want to contribute to discussions surrounding Global Health.

In the first of many discussions organized and led by the KGHI Student Ambassadors, our diverse panellists – guided by Martin Prince, Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry at the IoPPN – presented a range of viewpoints based on their individual expertise as well as personal experiences.

Our first panellist to speak, Zsofia, got the ball rolling by expressing her views on Global Health as a cross-cultural practice, stressing how healthcare professionals –policy makers, researchers and treatment providers alike – should be mindful when working in another country’s healthcare system, respecting the existing values it upholds. It was acknowledged by the panel that this does not always happen when more powerful countries intervene in the health matters of others.

Dr. Ed Gómez delved deeper into this point, exploring whether institutions which provide aid to countries in need actually help the issue, or whether they may cause additional problems. Being from the Department of International Development, Dr. Gómez used his background in institutional theory to break down the positives and negatives of such international aid, introducing us to arguments both supporting and opposing Global Health as a form of modern Imperialism.

We then turned to Suveer, a PhD student from a multi-ethnic background, who shared with us his own exposure to aid mechanisms during times he has lived in different countries. He spoke in particular of his work in Kenya, giving us a first-hand perspective on the difficultly of implementing healthcare – predominantly of Western origin – into a country, whilst attempting to remain considerate of the standards of behaviour already in place.

Dr Carlo Caduff continues with this train of thought by pointing out the fundamental differences between medicine and medical practices in varying parts of the world. He used the word ‘asymmetrical’ to describe these differences, an interesting but fitting choice when scrutinizing the intricacies of healthcare provision and implementation. With the rest of the panel in agreement, Dr. Caduff voiced his concern on the asymmetry of ‘Global’ Health leaning in favour of the Global North, and how this issue may prompt many to regard Global Health as a form of Imperialism.

Running with this point, Temitope then emphasised to us why the use of Bilateral Programmes is then so vital in healthcare, particularly when working in a different country with different cultural norms and views on healthcare. As a medical student, as well as KCL President of Students for Global Health, Temitope is no stranger to taking action against inequalities in healthcare, changing the way it is viewed and put into practise; an important step when investigating whether Global Health is Imperialistic or not.

 

To end the initial discussion, Beauty reflected on her own struggles facing inequalities in healthcare and its reformation; as a health-oriented student, she articulated the benefits she sees in healthcare intervention by more powerful countries. However, as someone with lived experiences of these interventions in less powerful countries, she also indicated that there was room for improvement. She ended by conveying how the balance between control and collaboration must be met in healthcare on a global scale before Global Health can be treated as a passive phenomenon that is free from Imperialism.

The floor was then opened up to questions, which our lovely panel were more than willing to deliberate on further – “Is imperialism too strong a word?” “How do we ensure our perspective on healthcare remains Global?” “How can we implement our knowledge from the UK back in our home countries?”.

Professor Prince ensured everybody had their say, engaging the audience with these questions as well as his own; “Is Global Health a form of Imperialism?”

It is perhaps unsurprising there was no straightforward answer to this question, but it seems the discussion had awakened many to contemplate Global Health in a new light. It is in this new light we walk away, armed with information that makes us better healthcare students, better academics and better future Global Health representatives.

After the event, attendees were invited to attend the launch of Dr. Carlo Caduff’s photography exhibit depicting cancer care in India, as well as encouraged to network with panellists and fellow audience members at our mingling event aimed at fostering interdisciplinary connections.

By Amy Ringrose
KGHI Student Ambassador
BA Global Health and Social Medicine

 

To keep up with the King’s Global Health Institute, and for links to their seminar series, you can visit their information page at: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/kghi,

Or follow their social media accounts:
Twitter – @KGHI_Amb
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kghisa/
Instagram – @kingsglobalhealthinstitute

Host:
Professor Martin Prince, Director of the King’s Global Health Institute and Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry, IoPPN

Panellists:
Dr Carlo Caduff, senior lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
Dr Eduardo J. Gómez, senior lecturer, Department of International Development
Beauty Dhlamini – BSc student, Global Health and Social Medicine
Dr. Suveer Sachdeva – PhD student, Craniofacial Development and Stem Cell Biology
Temitope Fisayo – Medical student and President of Students for Global Health
Zsofia Szlamka – PhD candidate, IoPPN

Special thanks to Saba Hinrichs and Ann Kelly, Deputy Directors of the King’s Global Health Institute and Enitan Ledger, King’s Global Health Institute Manager.

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NEW LOCATION “Kant and climate colonialism” seminar today 2 pm Bush House (NE) 3.22

Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, professor of bioethics at the University of Lübeck, is visiting the department this week.  Today he will be giving a seminar on ‘Kant and climate colonialism’.

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Professor Christoph Rehmann-Sutter

When:

Wednesday March 13, 2-3.30.

NEW Location!  Bush House (NE) 3.22 (3rd floor, North East Wing)

Abstract

Kant’s later work on moral philosophy contains some thoughts about a political union of the nations in a postcolonial situation. These ideas relate to the discussion about global governance of climate change after the Paris accord of 2015: Since power is unevenly distributed, the distribution of claims must be “provisional”, he said. But what about the ethics of climate change? In particular: What are the implications of postcolonialism on the ethics of climate change? Which are the impediments and the pitfalls of social transformation that is necessary to mitigate disastrous climate change?

All are welcome to attend!

Directions to Strand Campus (King’s Building marked as “A” on the map):

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/visit/location?id=89073256-96fd-4a1c-8a1b-3973fd4bf1dd

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2019 Bioethics & Society alumni series – Featuring Melissa W. Gaule

melissawgauleMelissa W. Gaule, Bioethics & Society alumna (class of 2017), now Director of Ethics and Care Management for Coastal Care Partners in Savannah, Georgia, says about the appeal of the Bioethics & Society Master’s programme for US employers:

“I have been getting some great feedback from having a degree in Bioethics AND SOCIETY. Companies that have recruited me have essentially said that they find my skill set attractive because I have social work-like knowledge/education but have all the essential knowledge of a bioethicist. They clearly view hiring me as ‘two for the price of one’ in a way. I think that really speaks to how unique the KCL programme is and how it has made me different from other candidates”.

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