Center for Biomedical Ethics

ETHICS INSTRUCTION IN THE THIRD YEAR CLERKSHIPS


COMMUNITY HEALTH CLERKSHIP


At the end of this session, the student will:

  • Understand the moral arguments related to access to health care
  • Be able to discuss the tension between rights and obligations in the provision of health care
  • Appreciate the social and moral costs of disparities in access to health care
  • Be able to discuss both professional responsibilities related to access to care and practical strategies for improving access for their patients

Format

  • Readings (to be done in advance)
  • Short paper (to be done in advance if possible, to be turned in to Dr. Vivier)
  • Small group discussion (90 minute evening session)

Assignment

Participants are asked to consider the following questions:

  • Should there be universal health insurance in the United States?
  • If you believe there should be universal health insurance, what responsibilities do physicians have to make universal health insurance a reality?
  • Given that there is not universal health insurance in the United States, what responsibilities do physicians have to their uninsured patients who cannot afford needed treatments?

Readings (to be read before session):


Required:

Recommended: