Teaching Medical Students Moral Methods

Publication ID Published Version
9318 January 24, 2013 1

Description

Ethics is now widely taught in nearly every medical school in the United States. Although we often do an excellent job teaching ethics topics, we are less successful in teaching ethics methods. If we teach only ethics topics, we do students a disservice since they are then only equipped to respond to the particular topics we have taught them about. Conversely, if we are successful in teaching ethics methods, students will be equipped to handle any ethical dilemma they may encounter, since we have given them a framework within which to resolve the problem. The present course, “Finding Right Answers: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Medical Practice” was designed to fill this gap, and teach medical students ethics methods.

Citation

Volpe R, Myers K. Teaching Medical Students Moral Methods. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2013. Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/​adea/​publication/​9318 http://dx.doi.org/​10.15766/​mep_2374-8265.9318

Educational Objectives

  1. To ensure that students master four methods for moral reasoning: Principlism, Virtue Ethics, Casuistry, and SFNO 
  2. To develop students’ ability to use course concepts in thinking and problem solving 
  3. To further students interpersonal and team interaction skills 
  4. To cultivate an environment of curiosity, collaboration and open-mindedness 

Keywords

  • Bioethics (MeSH), Decision Making (MeSH), Principlism, Casuistry, Morality

Competencies

  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Patient Care

Professional Interest

  • Medical Ethics
  • Patient Safety/Medical Errors

Instructional Methods

  • Case-based Instruction/Learning
  • Independent Learning
  • Lecture
  • Problem-based Learning (PBL)

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
    • Nursing Student

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