Gainesville resident Jennifer Kizza has joined a groundbreaking program for medical students and early career physicians.
Kizza, a student at Harvard Medical School, is one of 14 medical students chosen for the 2022 medical program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the study of Professional Ethics (FASPE).
Now in its 12 year, FASPE provides a unique historical lens to engage graduate students in professional schools as well as early-stage practitioners in six fields (business, journalism, law, design & technology, medicine, and seminary) in an intensive course of study focused on contemporary ethical issues in their professions.
The FASPE medical program provides a holistic curriculum that looks beyond the specifics of formal rules to focus on ethical problems faced by doctors in the various settings in which they practice. Fellows participate in a two-week program in Germany and Poland that uses the conduct of physicians in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on medical ethics today.
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“By educating students about the causes of the Holocaust and the power of their chosen professions, FASPE seeks to instill a sense of professional responsibility for the ethical and moral choice which the Fellows will make in their careers and in their professional relationships,” said David Goldman, FASPE’s founder and chairman.
The FASPE medical program examines the role of physicians and the medical profession in the Nazi state, and the reality that moral codes governing doctors can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. With this historical background, the medical fellows are better positioned to confront contemporary issues.
The 2022 fellowship will take place in Germany and Poland in the summer (subject to health considerations). The medical program will be led by Dr. Sarah Hull, assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) and associate director, Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine, and by Dr. Jay Malone, assistant professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and director of ethics, St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine.
Kizza was born and raised in Gainesville. She graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a concentration in neurobiology and secondary in global health and health policy. She continued her studies at the University of Oxford, completing a Master of Science in global health science and serving as a Fulbright US student researcher to Uganda. Kizza said her collective experiences have fortified her interests in epidemiology, health disparities, and health education. Kizza is pursuing these interests as a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School and student research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital.