Module for teaching medical ethics to undergraduates
AbstractIt is expected that doctors are professionally sound with all required competencies. It is also expected that while they are practicing medicines and are dealing with patients, attendants, relatives of patients, they practice ethical behaviour with relevant competencies. With the changes in complexities in medical practice the doctors are now encountering increased number of litigations against them most of which are related to ethical issues. Hence there was a need to train doctors on ethics with a comprehensive teaching module on ethics. The modules of Medical Ethics for Medical Undergraduates is to help medical students to recognize the importance of being sensitive to ethical issues within everyday clinical practice and develop in them the ability to effectively address ethical concerns of patients as well as in clinical research involving patients and human beings. The module will also help the students to develop skills and attitudes necessary to guide their conduct on the ethical perspective through the teaching/learning exercises in the medical schools in their undergraduate course. It is also expected that this module will help a future doctor to (1) practice according to statutory requirements and codes of conduct for medical practice, (ii) demonstrate sensitivity to ethical issues and ethical behaviour in professional practice (iii) identify and apply ethical principles in conducting research; and (iv) to analyze ethical issues and make ethical decisions in medical practice.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2009). Module for teaching medical ethics to undergraduates. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205534