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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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    Jul 11 2012: "Forms don't have to manifest in a single being to validate their existence. In fact, you'd never find that, because they ARE abstractions."
    Yes, exactly. What I'm trying to say is that precisely because instances of these concepts are abstractions, "imperfect" and individuated models of the concept, we cannot and will not arrive at the moral axioms we speak of.
    "In other words, what is justice in the abstract sense?"
    yes, this is the idea/concept/form i speak of, which produces the examples.
    "Don't ideas exist? Ideas are, at the very least, brain energy and energy certainly exists."
    It's a tricky thing to say and im not quite sure i can put it into words, but I'll try. When you speak of the concept/idea/form that makes the examples just, can it be, itself, made into an example? Of course not! It is just an idea. And of course it is real, as it may not be tangible or visible but it definitely effects the world, which is in some way real, at least. My point is, when I say "absolute" I associate it with form/idea/concept and since the idea itself can never be modeled perfectly, so, too, can an absolute be modeled perfectly by language. Not to say that language is insufficient, but just that regardless of the means, any way of manifestation will only be an example of the idea, not the idea/form/concept or absolute we seek.
    I think that humans can only be inspired by this absolute, to put it poetically, and then put it into their own words, but never be able to put the absolute, without bias or perspective, into words, as everyone will describe it differently.

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