Bioethics Society Reunion
The King’s MSc Bioethics alumni cohort hosted their first reunion in January 2021.
Angelina Tian (MSc Bioethics, 2020) tells InTouch Online, ‘Our group of more than 60 members was brought together by a common experience of the extensive bioethics training at King’s.
Professor Silvia Camporesi recognised the challenges we might face graduating during a pandemic, and came to me with this idea, which I then built into a bioethics alumni community, including current and future bioethics students. We hope to build these reunions into something sustainable and help more bioethics students build valuable networks in whichever career they choose after the King’s experience.’
Rachel Siden (MSc Bioethics, 2016), Research Coordinator at Stanford University, shares that, as well as providing an opportunity to socialise in a socially distant world, taking part in an online reunion can have benefits for career development:
‘The presentations and discussions allow us to share career advice, learn about each other’s bioethics projects, network with others with overlapping research interests, and explore roles in different industries and countries. Bringing us all together in a space where we can support each other academically and professionally is a truly incredible experience. I’m so honoured to have been able to take part.’
Lukshmi Solos (MSc Bioethics, 2016), Programme Strategist at the Global Autoimmune Institute (NYC), shares a similar sentiment:
‘It’s been so impactful getting to reconnect with my former classmates, meet students in the new bioethics cohort and learn what they’re studying from around the world. I know the invaluable impact King’s has had in shaping my career, and it’s so interesting to learn about the unique ways other alumni are using their King’s degree to help shape healthcare and beyond.’
Melissa Gaule (MSc Bioethics, 2016) MA, HEC-C, Director of Palliative Care & Ethics Chair of the only area non-profit hospice provider in Savannah, Georgia, tells us:
‘The opportunity to connect with former cohorts of the Bioethics & Society programme has been a relief and a support in so many ways. I encounter many clinical ethics issues on a daily basis that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our reunion platform, I have had the opportunity to share the work I’m doing and get feedback from my colleagues across the globe. Taking time to reconnect and make space to hear the experiences of others has allowed me to bring fresh perspectives to my work and my practice. King’s commitment to excellence has far exceeded classroom-based attention. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to stay connected.’