Leadership Through Ethics (LTE)

This medical student initiative became operational in Academic Year 2014. Sixteen students per year are selected to participate in this intensive four-year ethics program that includes mentoring and shadowing activities and concludes with a capstone project. 

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2017 Highlights 


December 2017:  Leadership through Ethics (LTE) and the Center for Bioethics and Health Policy hosted guest lecturer Dr. Jennifer Miller from NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Ethics and Population Health.  Dr. Jennifer E. Miller is an Assistant Professor in NYU School of Medicine and President of Bioethics International. She is also the Creator of the Good Pharma Scorecard, an index that ranks new drugs and pharmaceutical companies on their ethics and public health performance. She currently serves on NYU’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and The World Economic Forum. Her talk covered her most recent work, and was titled “Ethics, Transparency and Trust in Pharma and the Role of the Good Pharma Scorecard.”   [Event flyer]


October 2017: Leadership through Ethics (LTE) and the Center for Bioethics and Health Policy hosted guest lecturer Dr. Kathleen Benton, DrPH, the Director for Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care at St. Joseph's Candler Hospital system.  Her talk focused on topics from her recently published book titled "The Skill of End-of-Life Communication for Clinicians."  [Event flyer]


March 2017: LTE executive board members attended the Spring 2017 Gold Humanism Honor Society National Conference and presented a poster about their current research project investigating incoming medical students’ interest in ethics. They also conducted small group discussions with conference attendees about the Leadership Through Ethics program at MCG, sharing their experiences and eliciting ideas and suggestions from students and faculty at other schools.


Mentoring Program

Monthly small group mentoring sessions with the LTE students and other elective students are conducted with Ethics Committee faculty member.

Shadowing Program

Both the Office of Pastoral Care and the MCG Clinical Instructor Nurses provide students with the opportunity to shadow them on their daily rounds and to observe the importance of their contribution to the promotion of ethical behaviors and their potential to preempt the need for a formal ethics consult.

Capstone Projects

Students who select the Leadership Through Ethics track are expected to complete a Capstone Project that will reward them with acknowledgement of their completion of this special interest in medical ethics and health policy.  Eventually this will lead to a Certificate in Bioethics and Health Policy.


M1: Mona Abraham, Griffen Allen, Chance Bloomer, Bria Carrithers, Ashlyn Cates, Masoom Chainani, Maya Gibson, Dayton Grogan, Jackson Hortenstine, Savannah Mckenzie, Jack Owen, Steven Perry, Arjun Rangan, Michael Stephens, Sarah Sussman, Marshall Waller

M2:  Mary Abkemeier, Meredith Arra, Zoe Athens, Briana Bennett, Daniel Blumenthal, Vipawee Chat, Mikalyn Defoor, Lauren East, Lauren Favors, Vincent Gonzalez, Nathan Howell, Katherine Jennings, Conor Kelly, Max Tarica, Danielle Turner, Josef Venable

M3:  Parth Agrawal, Madison Archer, Carley Borrelli, Mariah Burch, Joseph Coppiano, Blake Edwards, Ellen Encisco, Emily Gobin, Neha Gupta, Jake Kumro, Vishu Pasham, Alex Sawyer, Sarah Swartz, John Wagner, Brandon White, Ben Wilson

Founding Members: Brice Hwang, Brian Sullivan, Connor Sweetnam, Travis Welsh, Lacey Williams, Blake Vander Wood