Student Spotlight: Mia Loucks

Mia is a graduate of Occidental College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. After graduating from Occidental, Mia spent two years working for various artists, musicians, and playing music of her own. When she began to suffer from complications with lupus, a systemic autoimmune disease, she became interested in understanding the ethical dimensions of medicine and the patient-physician relationship. She is currently a student of the Master of Arts in Bioethics at Loyola Marymount University and hopes to pursue a PhD in religious studies following completion of the program. 

How did you first become interested in Bioethics?

While I have always been interested in ethics and philosophy, my interests in the "bio" aspects of the field emerged more recently through my experiences living with several autoimmune diseases. The medical care that I have received has often left me wondering about the ethical obligations of physicians, the transmission of information between physicians and patients, and the often changing role of patient autonomy within clinical settings. I am interested in exploring these topics more deeply with particular focus on alternative healthcare practices, holistic healing, and the mind-body relationship. 

The Craves Fellowship

Mia is working as this year’s Craves Fellow at LMU’s Bioethics Institute. The Craves Fellowship is awarded to one student each year and aims to facilitate scholarly discourse of topics in Bioethics via the Institute website. Through careful curation of original work and other philosophical reflections on bioethical topics, the Craves Fellow is responsible for generating a platform of content that synthesizes sources both within and outside of the field.