The Teaching of Medical Ethics
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1985 Mar; 11(1): 35-36.
Smith, a tutor in community and family medicine at a British medical school, describes his university's teaching program at a General Medical Council conference on medical ethics education. Entering students are immediately enrolled in the Human Development, Behaviour and Ageing course and put in contact with patients. In the course of their first preclinical year, the students: (1) meet and question patients suffering from chronic illnesses, (2) follow the progress of pregnant women through to delivery, and (3) view a film about a newborn with spina bifida and debate whether the infant should be treated or allowed to die. Interaction with patients and exposure to ethical dilemmas continue in the second preclinical year. Smith reports that the students' views of right and wrong alter and mature as they are encouraged to think about ethics and look beyond traditional answers. (KIE abstract)
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