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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Broaden Your View on Medical School Options
Informal Q&A

Friday, April 26, 10-11:30 a.m.
Hutton Honors College Great Room, 811 E. Seventh St.
Refreshments provided
Sign-up required: see details below


Human Experimentation in 20th Century America: Myths and Realities
Talk and Q&A

Friday, April 26, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Hutton Honors College Great Room, 811 E. Seventh St.
Refreshments provided
Open to all; sign-up requested. See details below

Both with Jonathon Erlen, Professor at the University of Pittsburgh University Honors College, Center for Medical Ethics, and the Falk Library of Health Sciences

In the morning, based on 40 years of experience, Professor Jonathon Erlen will share tips for applying to and getting into medical school. He'll also give advice about alternatives to medical school and speak about other options in health care and related fields. SIGN-UP INFO: To sign up or to request more information, please send an email to

In the afternoon, Professor Erlen will give a talk on "Human Experimentation in 20th Century America: Myths and Realities," addressing the ethical issues raised by the Tuskegee syphilis, the Salk polio, and the Willowbrook State School hepatitis studies, and how the impact of the mistakes in understanding the Tuskegee case relate directly to the current HIV/AIDS crisis in the African American community.

IU alumnus Jonathon Erlen is the History of Medicine Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh and has additional faculty appointments in the University Honors College, the Center for Medical Ethics, the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences in the Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the Departments of History and Sociology. He has taught courses in the School of Medicine, the Honors College, and other departments; and he mentors pre-med students on their career choices and how to prepare for them. He has written and reviewed the work of others on topics that range from bioethics to global medicine; from the evolution of the doctor/patient relationship to social networks and mental health; from alcohol and sexuality to smoking and reproduction. He is a consultant to the Smithsonian libraries, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and IU's Kinsey Institute Library. He earned an undergraduate degree in history from IU and a master's in library sciences and a doctorate in history from the University of Kentucky. For more information about his interests and accomplishments, click here. SIGN-UP INFO: To sign up for the Human Experimentation program, e-mail Anna Duquaine (, indicating your interest in the "Human Experimentation" program and include your name and email address. You are welcome to bring guests; please sign them up as well.

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