Prospective students must be admitted to one of the collaborating graduate units and can apply separately to the CPB any time after.
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Education: CPB - Graduate Experience
The CPB serves the interests of its graduate students by providing a value-added common learning experience (CPB student seminar, core course, and electives), opportunities for interdisciplinary bioethics research and expert supervision, access to an extensive network of mentors and peers with a research focus in bioethics, and formal and informal mentorship and advice related to the student's chosen career path within the field of bioethics. Participation in the CPB adds considerable value to a graduate student's educational experience. The added value of participation in the CPB is outlined below, first as it relates to the CPB itself and, second, as it relates to the CPB's core association with the JCB.
Added Value of the CPB:
- Common learning experience – students complete CPB core course requirements (SRM3333Y/SDM4444Y, a credit/no credit graduate seminar series in bioethics; and PHL2145H, a review of the philosophical foundations of bioethics), plus an ethics-related 0.5 FCE normally from the student's home degree program.
- Access to expert supervision – given the demand for bioethics supervision outstrips the supply, participation in the CPB enables students to access to expert interdisciplinary supervision in the area of their bioethics thesis research.
- Support from other CPB graduate students – students are networked with other students with common interests, home departments and/or supervisors, including matching more senior CPB student "peer advisers" with new/incoming CPB students.
- CPB "workshopping sessions" – students are encouraged and supported to present research-in-progress to other CPB students and the CPB Director.
- CPB student listserv – current CPB students are connected via a listserv that is used both for regular communications to students from CPB administration and for student-initiated inquiries and discussion. There is also a listserv for graduates of the CPB.
- CPB student events – in addition to an annual CPB orientation and meet-and-greet reception for new and returning CPB students and faculty, CPB discussion evenings with invited speakers have been organized.
- CPB student awards – The JCB gives an annual Mervis-Simon Family Award in Bioethics to a CPB student with demonstrated financial need combined with merit, and a merit-based Peter A. Singer Graduate Award in Bioethics.
Added Value of the JCB Intellectual Community for CPB Students:
The CPB draws on the many resources and activities coordinated by the JCB. These include not only activities at the U of T, but also grand rounds, continuing education sessions, and special lectures at affiliated healthcare institutions (all advertised through the JCB's monthly newsletter). Participation in such activities enhances CPB students' exposure to leading examples of interdisciplinary approaches in bioethics, and links them to a community of bioethics scholars and practitioners.
Some of the specific benefits of being a CPB graduate student in the context of the JCB include access to:
- JCB Bioethics Seminar Series – In addition to the weekly bioethics seminar series, the JCB organizes five annual endowed lectures (the Alloway, the Jus, the Philippa Harris, the MacRae and the Upshur lectures) that bring world renowned scholars to speak on issues in bioethics. CPB students are encouraged to attend the seminar and named lecture series running weekly from September through May. Most seminars are also recorded and archived on the JCB website. Topics covered include a wide variety of areas and themes within bioethics.
- JCB communities of scholarship and practice – the JCB welcomes CPB students to participate in two thriving communities of scholarship and practice, which meet regularly at the Joint Centre for Bioethics: 1) the Research and Education in Research Ethics (RE2) Network; and 2) the Global Health Ethics Collaborative. CPB students with an interest in clinical and organizational ethics may also be invited to selected sessions of the Clinical, Organizational and Research (CORE) Network. In addition to current students and fellows, the JCB network consists of over 300 members including faculty, practicing ethicists, ethics researchers, and health care organization members involved in ethics activities. Increasingly, graduates of JCB education and training programs are integrated into broader regional, national and international bioethics partnerships.
- Professional development opportunities – the JCB network facilitates interested CPB students to gain practical ethics experience (e.g., participation on a research ethics board, hospital ethics committee, policy working group) and to develop tutoring/mentoring skills (e.g., facilitating ethics discussions among medical students, residents or bioethics undergraduates). CPB students also receive priority notice about fellowship and other post-grad opportunities in bioethics. CPB students are also invited to meet with the Associate Director, Education and Practice to discuss career planning.
- JCB social events – CPB students are invited to attend to the annual JCB Welcome (Back) Reception in September, the annual JCB Annual Holiday Party in December, and annual the JCB Honours and Awards Celebration in June.
- JCB Voice Newsletter – this monthly newsletter is disseminated by email and is available on the JCB website. It consists of a comprehensive listing of seminars and meetings related to bioethics as well as announcements of upcoming conferences and special sessions. It also contains information on awards, publications, and career opportunities in bioethics.
- JCB website, portals, and listservs – The JCB maintains a webpage with detailed and up-to-date information on all aspects of bioethics at the University of Toronto. The JCB also hosts several listservs as a means of disseminating information and facilitating discussion among communities with common interests. JCB listservs link current students, academic fellows, graduates of each program, MHSc international graduates, course directors. There is also a listserv and a portal for those interested in research ethics, and a listserv for those interested in global health ethics.
- Specialty bioethics library resources through:
- The Philippa Harris Bioethics Collection at 155 College Street consists of approximately 350 books, past issues of several bioethics-related journals, and an extensive collection of articles written by members of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.
- The Bioethics Resource Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children has over 300 books, current subscriptions to 10 bioethics journals, bioethics videotapes, and thousands of reprints. These resources may be searched on a computerized database using keywords.
- The Bioethics Reference collection, a total of 10,000 items consisting of current subscriptions to 18 journals, 250 texts, reprints and videos at the Ethics Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, has been incorporated into the Health Sciences Library there.
The administrative hub for the CPB is housed at the Joint Centre for Bioethics' central location at 155 College Street, Suite 754. All CPB students have access to the JCB's encrypted wireless network and open-concept shared study space.