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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.