Medical Ethics, Bioethics and Research Ethics Education Perspectives in South East Europe in Graduate Medical Education

TitleMedical Ethics, Bioethics and Research Ethics Education Perspectives in South East Europe in Graduate Medical Education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMijaljica, G
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume20
Issue1
Pagination237 - 247
Date Published3/2014
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsMEDICINE , research ethics , responsible conduct of research
AbstractEthics has an established place within the medical curriculum. However notable differences exist in the programme characteristics of different schools of medicine. This paper addresses the main differences in the curricula of medical schools in South East Europe regarding education in medical ethics and bioethics, with a special emphasis on research ethics, and proposes a model curriculum which incorporates significant topics in all three fields. Teaching curricula of Medical Schools in Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro were acquired and a total of 14 were analyzed. Teaching hours for medical ethics and/or bioethics and year of study in which the course is taught were also analyzed. The average number of teaching hours in medical ethics and bioethics is 27.1 h per year. The highest national average number of teaching hours was in Croatia (47.5 h per year), and the lowest was in Serbia (14.8). In the countries of the European Union the mean number of hours given to ethics teaching throughout the complete curriculum was 44. In South East Europe, the maximum number of teaching hours is 60, while the minimum number is 10 teaching hours. Research ethics topics also show a considerable variance within the regional medical schools. Approaches to teaching research ethics vary, even within the same country. The proposed model for education in this area is based on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Bioethics Core Curriculum. The model curriculum consists of topics in medical ethics, bioethics and research ethics, as a single course, over 30 teaching hours.
DOI10.1007/s11948-013-9432-9
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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