Education at the Bander Center

The Saint Louis University Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics provides learning opportunities for physicians across the full span of their careers, from the first year of medical school through retirement.

Current educational activities include: hosting an annual endowed lecture within the Department of Medicine's Grand Rounds; developing and disseminating a free medical business ethics casebook that can be used in undergraduate and graduate medical education; offering lectures, cases discussions and other learning opportunities to medical students at Saint Louis University.

Medical Student Education

The Bander Center is committed to education of physicians early in their careers, and offers the following opportunities for undergraduate medical education:

  • Bander Center Associate Director Erin Bakanas, M.D., directs a second-year course focused on end-of-life patient care, entitled “Death and Dying.”
  • Bander Center faculty organize a capstone course for fourth-year medical students that examines conflicts-of-interest in medicine, medical business ethics and professionalism.
  • Associate Director Erin Bakanas, M.D., directs a bimonthly ethics case review for the Department of Internal Medicine's third-year clerkship.
  • Bander Center Co-Director Erin Bakanas, M.D., leads a fourth-year primary care capstone examining physician-pharmaceutical relationships, entitled "Who's Buying Lunch?"
  • Talks at the medical school on topics in medical business ethics. 
  • All medical students are welcome to attend the Bander Center Endowed Lecture Series.
  • An archive of cases that involve medical business ethics issues in health care.
  • We publish and distribute Exploring Integrity in Medicine: The Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics Casebook, which is ideal for use in small group settings in undergraduate education.

Fellowship Opportunities

The Bander Center offers two fellowship opportunities per year to faculty members at the SLU School of Medicine. Fellowships are available to all clinical faculty in the School of Medicine. Prior experience or training in ethics is not required, only an interest in studying medical business ethics.

Bander Center fellows dedicate 10 percent effort over 12 months to the Bander Center for educational and research activities in medical business ethics. In return, their respective departments will be compensated $10,000 for salary recovery.

Fellows research areas of medical business ethics and develop projects which are shaped and focused through meetings with Fellowship Director Erin Bakanas, M.D., and Bander Center Director James DuBois, Ph.D., D.Sc.

As the fellowship program continues, the Bander Center hopes to contribute original research and educational programs and develop a network of medical business ethics professionals at SLU and in the greater national medical community. 

Apply for the Fellowship

The Bander Center is not currently accepting applications. 

Download the Bander Fellowship Application

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

The Bander Center, in partnership with Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is committed to providing Continuing Medical Education (CME) Modules for SLU physicians and physicians around the country.

The Bander Center offers two forms of continuing medical education:

  •  The Bander Endowed Lecture Series
  •  Presentations at professional organizations
    • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)
    • Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC)