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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Health Care Ethics Alumni

More than 180 SCU students have been through the Health Care Ethics Internship Program, which allowed them to observe firsthand how ethical issues are handled in hospital and hospice settings. The majority of the interns went on to careers in medicine or biotechnology.


  • Michelle Pesce Dupic

    After graduating from SCU in 2009, Dupic pursued a Master's in biotechnology and is now global project manager for early stage drug development teams at Genentech in South San Francisco.

  • Trina Sheedy

    As a physician assistant, Sheedy uses her ethical and moral compass in her work with head and neck cancer patients.

  • Natasha Ahuja

    The ethical topics Ahuja encountered during the Health Care Ethics Internship resonated deeply, and she went on to study medicine at the University of Toledo in Ohio.

  • Bryn Willson

    "The Health Care Ethics Internship and Hospice showed me that death does not always mean failure, and that there is such a thing as a 'good death,'" Willson says.

  • Sarah (Ludwig) Haney

    Haney says her time as an intern enabled her to see every interaction from an ethical viewpoint. "I think it is much easier to build on that foundation, and add in the clinical knowledge, than it would be to start by focusing on the clinical aspects then superimposing an ethical framework," Haney says.

  • Briana Britton

    Watching the health care providers' dedication to their patients continually inspired Britton to develop into a competent and compassionate health care provider in the future.

  • Jillian Gerrity

    "Overall, this internship opened my eyes to the spectacular, the unpleasant, and the tragic parts of being a physician," Gerrity says. "As a result, I am confident in my ability to continue on the medical track and become the type of physician that I dream to be."

Reflection on the Health Care Ethics Internship


Elizabeth "Liz" Connelly, pictured here with Anna Kozas, who coordinates the Health Care Ethics Internship Program, was an intern and also held the Honzel Fellowship, serving as a peer mentor for other interns.  Through the program, she learned "how human emotions are not extraneous barriers to providing accurate and quality care. Instead, they are equal partners in the creation of the patient's situation and therefore should be equally important in caring for patients."

Read the Reflection