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Leadership in Interprofessional Community Service Learning: Ethics Module

Published: February 21, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9348

Included in this publication:

  • CSL Ethics Instructor's Guide.doc
  • An Ethical Framework with recording.pptx
  • CSL Ethics Syllabus.doc
  • CSL in Ethics Cases, Handout.docx
  • Ethics in CSL Cases.pptx

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This resource on ethics in community service learning was designed to promote social accountability among health professional students through the integration of meaningful service learning with the core competencies of interprofessional education. This resource begins with background reading, an online presentation of content, and an online discussion question, followed by reinforcement in a class session through a small-group activity and whole-group discussion. The goal of this module is to appreciate the contributions of different health professions in working together as a team and to demonstrate ethical decision-making in educational and professional interactions. This resource enables students from various health science professions to learn with, from, and about each other and each other’s roles on a health care team as they examine social determinants of health and social justice issues while applying these principles in a structured service learning practicum.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this resource, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand different professional roles in the health field by actively participating with students from a variety of health professions (i.e., medical, pharmacy, nursing, dental, etc.).
  2. Discuss ethical issues related to community service learning.
  3. Develop ethical approaches to interprofessional patient/population-centered care situations.
  4. Critically reflect on their own personal role as a future health care provider in a team-based setting.

Author Information

  • Melanie Stone, MPH, MEd: The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
  • Craig Klugman: UT Health Sciences Center San Antonio
  • Veronica Young: University of Texas-Austin

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Stone M, Klugman C, Young V. Leadership in interprofessional community service learning: ethics module. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9348. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9348