The medical ethics curriculum in medical schools: present and future

Giubilini, Alberto, Milnes, Sharyn and Savulescu, Julian 2016, The medical ethics curriculum in medical schools: present and future, Journal of clinical ethics, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 129-145.

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Title The medical ethics curriculum in medical schools: present and future
Author(s) Giubilini, Alberto
Milnes, Sharyn
Savulescu, Julian
Journal name Journal of clinical ethics
Volume number 27
Issue number 2
Start page 129
End page 145
Total pages 17
Publisher The Journal of Clinical Ethics
Place of publication Hagerstown, Md.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1046-7890
Summary In this review article we describe the current scope, methods, and contents of medical ethics education in medical schools in Western English speaking countries (mainly the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia). We assess the strengths and weaknesses of current medical ethics curricula, and students' levels of satisfaction with different teaching approaches and their reported difficulties in learning medical ethics concepts and applying them in clinical practice. We identify three main challenges for medical ethics education: counteracting the bad effects of the "hidden curriculum," teaching students how to apply ethical knowledge and critical thinking to real cases in clinical practice, and shaping future doctors' right character through ethics education. We suggest ways in which these challenges could be addressed. On the basis of this analysis, we propose practical guidelines for designing, implementing, teaching, and assessing a medical ethics program within a four-year medical course.
Language eng
Field of Research 220106 Medical Ethics
2201 Applied Ethics
2203 Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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