A survey of medical ethics education at U.S. and Canadian medical schools

TitleA survey of medical ethics education at U.S. and Canadian medical schools
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsLehmann, LS, Kasoff, WS, Koch, P, Federman, DD
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume79
Pagination682-9
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCanada , Clerkship , Clinical , Collection , CURRICULUM , Data , education , Education, , ethics , Ethics, , Faculty , Faculty, , Medical , Questionnaires , States , United
AbstractThis study surveyed the deans and ethics course directors of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada to gain an idea about the content and format of ethics education programs. All the respondents of the surveys included some kinds of ethics education program , and the majority required students to take some kind of pre-clinical course. Most of these courses used small group discussions and case studies. One-fifth of the schools provided no funding for ethics teaching, and a little over a half did not provide support for curricular development in ethics. The survey also found that institutions with a dedicated ethics faculty member were twice as likely to have a required course. Though attention to ethics instruction has grown in the U.S. and Canada in the past few years, the authors found that further advances may depend on institutions' willingness to devote more curricular time and funding to medical ethics.
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