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Brian Cox
  • Brian Cox
  • Cardiff By The Sea, CA
  • United States


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Should medical ethics be taught in medical school?

Over the course of the summer, I am embarking on a fairly comprehensive examination of medical ethics curriculum in the medical schools of the UK, Ireland, Canada, and America. I will be conducting focus groups and distributing surveys to understand how medical students view their competency in dealing with ethical issues, especially those encountered at the end-of-life.

I hope to use this information to make specific curriculum amendments that will allow future doctors to confidently manage terminally ill patients.

However, I need your help.

In order to make my study even more robust, I wish to garner as many perspectives as possible. Please contribute your opinions, your experiences, your attitudes and beliefs. Tell me how doctors deal with end-of-life issues: how they have managed your family and friends.

*The first comment gives a little background on the current state of medical ethics in the UK. It is an excerpt from my proposal earlier this year.


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    Jun 26 2012: I am not a medical student, but I think the responsibility of a Doctor is very important topic.I think that a Doctor can not be personally held responsible for every mistake because in such an environment he will try not do admit any mistakes. If he does not admit them, others cannot learn from them so they will happen again. In a lot of cases mistakes are even not realized because the patient is passed to the next doctor. For plane accidents every country has a institution dealing with every single accident or close accident. (NTSB). There is a video series on youtube which then brings the human side back to the accident story: Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyuSmPYF0YM

    The Pilots can talk about it and the passengers profit from this practice. I think is is a major issue in medicine. However it is not as easy to do "the right thing".

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