A course for first year medical students, Ethics provides an introduction to the basic concepts and language of medical ethics and to topics that pertain to the practice of all physicians. It also offers students an opportunity to begin developing clinical skills in the application of medical ethics to clinical cases. Classes include lectures, taught by Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy faculty, and small groups, led by physician and non-physician faculty. Faculty members facilitate small group discussion on clinical cases. Small groups generally have 10 or fewer students.
Faculty commitment for small group teaching is seven small group meetings of 1 hour each in Blocks 3 and 4 (February/March). Small group leaders are not required to be physicians and grade fewer than 10 case studies written by students as part of the course final examination in late March/early April. Training sessions for small group leaders are held each fall.
For more information contact the Course Director: Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy; 713-798-5678; e-mail Jennifer.Blumenthal-Barby@bcm.edu.