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June 3, 2009
“Ethics and Community Engagement in Mental Health Research”
Year 2 of the Conference Series, Best Practices in Mental Health Research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health
8:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Busch Student Center Room 170

October, 9 2009
The Distinguished Lecturer Series
Laurence B. McCullough, Ph.D., Dalton Tomlin Chair in Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Baylor College of Medicine
"Taking Professional Conscience Seriously"
Noon, School of Law Court Room

November 6, 2009
Bander Endowed Lecture
William Sage, MD, JD
"Conflicts of Interest in Academic Medicine: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We Might Be Headed"
7:30 AM. Medical Center
Campus, Learning Resource Center Auditorium


Student Spotlight  

It’s been a busy year for Anji Wall.

On target to complete her dissertation this summer in time to begin her third year of medical school in August, Anji will be the first MD/PhD student to complete the PhD portion of the dual degree. "It seems like I’m spending more time right now trying to get back into med school than doing any real work," she says, but listening to her talk about what she’s managed to accomplish in her last year in the PhD program proves that to be untrue.

Although her dissertation research focuses on medical volunteerism, her interests are varied. This last year she presented "The Duty of Physicians to Warn Relatives of Genetic Risk" at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ annual meeting, published "Including Persons with Alzheimer Disease in Research on Comorbid Conditions," in the January 2009 issue of IRB: Ethics & Human Research (which yielded an interview with a blogger from the New York Times) and has collaborated on two papers in research ethics.

Her dissertation, "Ethical Issues Encountered by Western Physicians during Temporary Medical Volunteer Work in Developing Countries" is nearly complete and has even yielded a presentation during the National Conference for Physician Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities, on March 29, 2009.

Volunteering is more than just an academic interest for Wall. However, she admits, "I’ve had to focus on getting the PhD done and haven’t been able to participate in medical volunteer experiences during my time in the PhD program. I was taking courses year-round and now the rush to get the dissertation completed has kept me busy."

"I was able to spend some time in Jamaica and Guatemala in college and my first two years of med school," she continues. "But that’s definitely an interest of mine going forward. I want to continue doing research in this field, and am especially interested in collecting empirical data to inform the normative arguments that I have been developing in my dissertation."

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