I don’t think I’ve shared that I’m officially in the joint MD/MBE (Master of Bioethics) program at Penn. I sorta fell into it haphazardly. Penn Med (excuse me, the Perelman School of Medicine) has this awesome deal where med students can take up to three classes outside of the school of medicine free of charge (you know, free after the 48,000+/year in tuition). In the fall, I was debating between a ceramics and a photography class, but I got sucked in to taking the intro to bioethics course instead, in large part because several classmates I hoped to befriend were enrolled in the course (I’m hugely susceptible to peer pressure). Then I got hooked. I really really enjoyed the class: the content; the teaching; the written components; the flexible attendance policy.
This past week was the first class meeting of my summer bioethics course: Global Health from an Anthropological Perspective (formerly entitled “Zombies, Witches, and Westerners,” but Nora felt like the class needed a more “academic-y” sounding name). I wrote my MA thesis on diaspora, inherited trauma, and healing as depicted in the work of Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat, so the scope of this course feels right up my alley. And–so fun!–toward the end of class, Nora showed the video I raved about in this post. It’s going to be a great summer, and I can’t believe that, upon completion of this class, I’ll be halfway done with my MBE!