Undergrad student to be published in Penn Journal of Bioethics

Published: October 24, 2017

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Erin Gaudette’s paper,”Autonomy at What Cost? Mitigating Patient Autonomy in the Case of Anorexia Nervosa”, will appear in January 2018.

Erin Gaudette is completing her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in the spring of 2018, with a major in neuroscience and minors in immunology and bioethics. In the winter 2017 semester, she was a student in Prof. Thomas Mathien‘s PHL383, an intermediate-level class focused on moral, ethical, and legal issues in mental health.

The paper Gaudette wrote for the class has been accepted for publication by the Penn Bioethics Journal, the premier peer-reviewed undergraduate bioethics journal. Her paper will appear in January 2018 under the title “Autonomy at What Cost? Mitigating Patient Autonomy in the Case of Anorexia Nervosa.”

Gaudette’s paper was revised under the supervision off one of Prof. Mathien’s teaching assistants, PhD candidate Maria Keller, who works in phenomenology, phenomenological psychiatry, and experiences of grief and depression in particular. Gaudette’s revised paper earned a grade of 94%, a tie with another student’s for the highest mark in the class.

After graduation, Gaudette aims to pursue a dual MD/MPH degree and ultimately a career in academic medicine.

“Being an effectual clinician entails, as much as scientific expertise, the ability to understand and carefully consider complex ethical issues.”

“Conducting clinical research regarding comorbid addiction and psychiatric disorders gave me a glimpse into the ethical considerations that are involved in the provision of clinical care and that underlie our healthcare institutions,” says Gaudette.

“Being an effectual clinician entails, as much as scientific expertise, the ability to understand and carefully consider complex ethical issues. Of all the things I have learned during my time at U of T, I regard that as the most important and I am grateful for the excellent instruction I’ve received to that end.”

The department warmly congratulates Erin on this great achievement!