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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 28 2012: In a manner of speaking it is already covered. Your bedside manner is critiqued and discussed. If I could suggest ... hospitals have staff that counsel and refer families in death situations. I would be there for the announcement of the cause and answer medical questions and then sincerly offer condolences on the passing and turn them over to the professionals. You have a speciality and so do they each of you should respect the areas of the other.

    All the best. Bob.
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      Jul 5 2012: But is it too late if you're practicing the art of breaking bad news at the bedside?

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