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Web-based module followed by faculty-led small group discussion and case analysis.

Medical Ethics

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Estimated time to complete: 
1
Abstract: 

This web-based module for third-year medical students reviews primary and ancillary principles of medical ethics and challenges the learner to apply these principles to patient care scenarios. Reading assignments include an ethics article (Lancet, 2009) regarding allocation of scarce medical resources. A small group discussion for this module immediately precedes an Ethical Analysis noon conference presented by a Geriatrics Fellow and is required for 3rd year medical students, but is open to anyone.

Educational objectives: 
  1. Discuss the principle of autonomy as an ethical standard, as it relates to medical decision making, and in contrast with the principle of beneficence.
  2. Define the medical ethics principle of justice.
  3. Relate examples of ambiguous distributive justice.
  4. Explain the principle of informed consent as an ethical standard, as it relates to medical decision making.
  5. Discuss the clinical situations in which life-sustaining treatment might alter one's choice of management.
  6. Describe the clinical situations in which medical futility might alter one's choice of management.
  7. Describe the important medical treatment options which must often be considered by older adults and their surrogate decision makers.
  8. Describe how one would assess a patient for decision making capacity (decisional capacity).
  9. Recommend appropriate courses of action for patients and family members as exemplified by the case studies.
Date posted: 
Sat, 10/16/2010
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Sat, 10/16/2010
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Suggested Citation:
and . Medical Ethics. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2010 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/357
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