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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: "You don't have to find an average between short and tall (because you can't)"
    I agree that one cannot and this is my point. In order to put the absolute into the words as it *really* is, we would have to synthesize (and bear with me, as it's the best word i can think to use) all of the perspectives on it, as in this case, they are examples or manifestations of the concept, just as Socrates would combine examples (which is similar to the word perspective- an example is in a way a perspective of the concept) to find the concept of just.

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