The Bioethics Initiative has the potential to create long-term improvements in equity in research through:

  • Training individuals to have an understanding of how racial and ethnic minority issues impact recruitment into clinical trials;
  • Focusing on nontraditional research methods to reach racial and ethnic minority populations to rebuild their trust in the health care system, improving health literacy, cultural competency and linguistic proficiency to increase recruitment and retention into clinical trials;
  • Involvement and engagement of diverse populations in the discussion of equity, ethical health care and clinical trial participation;
  • Expansion of an academic endeavor around new parameters of thought on today’s controversial moral and ethical issues as they affect racial and ethnic minorities to enhance cohesiveness between health care and research stakeholders.

Research Projects for Interns and Fellows

Students accepted as interns or fellows in the Bioethics Initiative are expected to pursue supervised research projects that are part of their planned professional research trajectory. Ongoing projects within the collaborating MD Anderson components change over time, but recent projects include work with West African, African-American, native American, Hispanic and Asian populations on issues of environmental contamination, cancer prevention and early detection and health communication.

Participants Speak

Below, five former participants--one fellow and four interns--discuss their Bioethics Initiative experience.

Bioethics Fellow Reviews Program Experience

Bioethics Intern Sees Bioethics Training as Essential

Anna Zhang talks about the importance of autonomy. View in full player.

Lori Allesee describes the intersection of law and public health. View in full player.

Dinorah Sanchez reports her findings about what fosters and what discourages clinical trial participation by members of minority populations. View in full player.