FASPE was a phenomenal experience. I came in hoping to learn how to
better approach ethics in the medical profession, and I left with a better
understanding of how our profession, a profession of healing, can transform
itself to participate in such destruction. (2013 Medical Fellow)
FASPE was an experience that stretched me to my limit emotionally and
intellectually. I have been asked hundreds of times what kind of doctor I
want to be, but FASPE asks if that doctor is aligned with the kind of
person I want to be. (2012 Medical Fellow)
FASPE for Medical Students is an intensive two week fellowship program that examines the roles of physicians in Nazi Germany and during the Holocaust, underscoring how the moral codes that govern the medical profession can break down or be distorted. The program's integrated approach includes historical, medical, philosophical, and literary sources; survivor testimony; and onsite workshops in Germany and Poland.
The FASPE Medical Program examines the following topics, among others:
- The complicity of medical professionals in Nazi policies and the Holocaust.
- The relationship between state authority and medicine.
- The role and limits of contemporary bioethics (including euthanasia/physician assisted suicide).
- The legacy of prejudice in the medical profession.
- Ethical challenges of political issues facing the health care profession today.
The goal of FASPE is to provide students, through the exploration of these issues and visits to Holocaust sites, with new insights that will help them tackle problems of moral reasoning in their future careers.
The FASPE curriculum for Medical Students was designed by faculty at Yale School of Medicine in consultation with FASPE staff. The program has been led by Dr. Mark Mercurio, Dr. John Hughes, both from the Yale School of Medicine, and Dr. Sara Goldkind, formerly of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Piloted initially in 2009, a total of 64 students have now participated in the FASPE Medical program. Responses from FASPE Medical Fellows include:
“I have realized that it is our duty to think critically about ethical issues in medicine to help us do the right thing in times of moral ambiguity.”
– Karen Revere, University of Pennsylvania
“The connections between the Holocaust and current professional ethics were made amazingly well. I was surprised by how relevant the atrocities of the Holocaust still are, and by how many connections I continue to find myself making since the program.”
– Amanda Bradke, Case Western Reserve University
“I feel so fortunate to have been selected for FASPE. The experience was incredible and will certainly inform my decisions and practices in my career and life.”
– Avrom Caplan, University of Chicago