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Today, scientists and medical doctors face unprecedented challenges and pressing ethical questions concerning the distribution of healthcare, cloning, care for the disabled, abortion and euthanasia, to list a few. In June, the Honors College hosted Renaissance Scholars -- a program designed to help students consider these questions through an encounter with great philosophers and theologians. During an intensive week of study, high school seniors participate in three courses that expand their horizons and allow them to explore their role in the future of medicine and the sciences.
Philosophy, Science, and Religion: Through readings and small-group discussions, students joined in the great conversation with scientist-philosophers, as they posed questions about the intelligibility of the natural world, the role of human knowledge and power in that world, and about the connections between science and religion. (Taught by Dr. Trent Dougherty)
Medical Ethics: Students explored from a Christian perspective what it means to think about medicine, the calling of a doctor, the doctor-patient relationship, and the goal of scientific research. (Taught by Dr. Jonathan Tran)
Greek & Latin Medical Terminology: Students gained familiarity with medical terminology through the study of Latin roots that shape the study of healthcare. (Taught by Dr. Timothy Heckenlively)
Seminar-style Collegiate Learning: Students participated in co-curricular conversations about pressing questions concerning death, suffering, the opportunities and limits of technology, and the meaning of human life as found in recent films such as The Dark Knight, The Book of Eli, and the Harry Potter series.
Professional Guidance: Perhaps the best advice is from those in the field. Students heard presentations from the directors of the Pre-Health Program at Baylor and from faculty, current students and alumni about pre-medical opportunities at Baylor, including research, medical mission trips, and study abroad programs designed for pre-med students.