Bioethics Leadership Program: PhD Induction Module
The overall goal of this two-week module which was held in August 2017 was to introduce the trainees to the requirements and expectations of the ARESA Leadership program, to interact with faculty and potential mentors, and to develop skills relevant to conducting bioethics research at a doctoral level. Trainees were expected to prepare in advance for these induction sessions by submitting a letter to the program directors 2 weeks before the session outlining their strengths, developmental areas and training needs and indicating how they anticipate their journey will be over the next 3 years on the program including a timeline of goals.
The Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Stellenbosch University, South Africa and the Center for Bioethics, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, United States have been awarded a D43 capacity development grant from the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a leadership program in Bioethics in Southern Africa from 2017-2022. Successful applicants have been awarded partial scholarships to obtain a PhD (Clinical & Research Ethics). The ARESA Bioethics Leadership Program was advertised with Research Ethics Committees, academic institutions and other health institutions in South Africa and Southern Africa earlier this year.
Approximately 14 high quality applications were received and the Advisory Committee selected the ARESA Bioethics Leadership trainees for the 2017 academic year. For more information on the Doctoral program visit http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/healthsciences/cmel/aresa-bioethics-leadership-program
Sadly, one of the selected candidates, Mr Nyanyukweni Tshifugula, passed away at the end of 2017. See below for more information on the selected PhD candidates and their focus areas.