Center for Biomedical Ethics

ETHICS INSTRUCTION IN THE THIRD YEAR CLERKSHIPS


SURGERY CLERKSHIP


Informed decision-making  (“Informed Consent”)


At the end of this session, the student will:

  • Understand the requirements of informed decision making in the surgical arena
  • Be able to identify the information necessary to specific patients for informed participation in medical decision-making
  • Value patient autonomy in medical decision making

Ethical issues related to new procedures

a. Innovative techniques
b. Issues related to training
  • Student level
  • Practicing physician level

At the end of this session, the student will:

  • Be aware of the ethical issues related to training, and to the introduction of new technologies
  • Be able to identify situations in which respectful patient care requires disclosure of such information
  • Be able to disclose issues relating to training and new technologies to patients
  • Readings (to be read before session):

     • Ethics of Surgical Innovation, G. Gillett, British Journal of Surgery 2001, 88, 897-898

    Reflections on Informed Consent:  40 Years After its Birth, Jay Katz, MD, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Vol. 186, No. 4, April 199, 466-474.