What do you do when there is no easy answer? It’s a puzzling question. In her first semester at Northeastern, Rachel Son took an elective called “Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare” that examined some of the complex issues surrounding medicine with no clear solution. The case studies that Dr. Weagraff, the instructor, described were both fascinating and terrifying to hear. Rachel strived to explore medical ethics further. Dr. Weagraff introduced Rachel to Dr. Setta, who became her faculty mentor for a research project about the frequency of religious exemptions to neurological death in New Jersey. The project began as a directed study in Spring 2016 and was extended through the summer with the support of a Scholars Independent Research Fellowship.
Rachel went on to add the Ethics Minor and the project resulted in a paper that she and Dr. Setta have submitted to a medical ethics journal.