The Emerging Scholars Cohort in Bioethics is a yearlong program in which a select group of students will interact with exemplar physician-scholars and consider what it means to be a good health care clinician, understood to involve more than mere technical competence. Members of the cohort will participate in a 2-day, intensive seminar and a series of lectures. Discussion of the seminar and lecture topics will continue over arranged dinners with the invited speakers. Throughout this program students will think through questions concerning the legitimate goals of medicine, the doctor-patient relationship, and medical professionalism, among others.

A certificate will be awarded to those completing the program. To obtain the certificate, students must attend the 2-day seminar and five of the six lectures and dinners.

The ESC is directed by Dr. John Yoon and Dr. Michael Hawking.

Application Info:

  • Criteria: All University of Chicago students are eligible to apply.
  • Application: To apply, submit a resume (including program, year, email, and GPA), and a 450-600 word essay answering the following question: “How do you see participation in the ESCB as furthering your growth as a person and your understanding of the health care profession?” Please submit both in PDF or .Doc format to
  • Deadline: The application deadline is October 22nd. Those selected to participate in the ESCB will be notified by October 26th.
  • For more information on the events scheduled for the ESCB as well as bios of the scheduled speakers, please see below.

    Fall Events Schedule

    • Kickoff Lecture:
      • Speaker: Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, University of Colorado (bio)
      • Title: “The Worthless Remains of My Calling: Max Weber, William Osler, and the Last Virtue of a Physician”
      • Date: October 12th, 2017, 4:30pm-6pm
      • Location: Goldblatt Pavilion room H-103
    • Two-Day Seminar
      • Speakers: Dr. Farr Curlin, Duke University (bio), and Dr. Michael Hawking, University of Chicago (bio)
      • Title: Good Medicine: An Introduction to Health Care’s Enduring Ethic
      • Date: November 10th, 2017, 4:30pm-7pm & November 11th, 2017, 8am-4:30pm
      • Location: TBD

    Winter Events Schedule

    • Lecture:
      • Speaker: Dr. Mindy Schwartz, University of Chicago (bio)
      • Title: “The Hippocratic Oath: Is Hippocrates Still Hip?”
      • Date: January 10th, 2018, 4:30pm-6pm
      • Location: TBD
    • Lecture:
      • Speaker: Dr. Lauris Kaldjian, University of Iowa (bio)
      • Title: Concepts of Health and the Ethics of Shared Decision Making”
      • Date: January 24th, 2018, 12pm-1:30pm
      • Location: Goldblatt Pavilion room P-117
    • Lecture:
      • Speaker: Dr. Adam Romeiser, Lawndale Christian Health Center (bio)
      • Title: “Rest as Safeguard, Remedy, and Virtue.”
      • Date: February 21st, 2018, 4:30pm-6pm
      • Location: TBD

    Spring Events Schedule

    • Lecture:
      • Speaker: Dr. Neethi Pinto, University of Chicago (bio)
      • Title: “In The Best Interest of Children; A Guiding Principle for Being a Compassionate Pediatric ICU Physician.”
      • Date: April 5th, 2018, 4:30pm-6pm
      • Location: TBD
    • Lecture:
      • Speaker: Dr. Warren Kinghorn, Duke University (bio)
      • Title:  From Machines to Wayfarers: How Not to Be a Dualist in Health Care
      • Date: May 3rd, 2018, 4:30pm-6pm
      • Location: Goldblatt Pavilion room H-103
    • Lecture:
      • Speaker: Dr. Holly Humphrey, University of Chicago (bio)
      • Title:  TBA
      • Date: May 3rd, 2018, time: TBA
      • Location: TBA

    Contact Person

    Contact person: Zachary Loveless,