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Denise M Dudzinski
MHE 549
Seattle Campus

Current Topics in Clinical Ethics I

Analysis of complex ethical cases from UWSOM clinical departments, literature, and media. Case discussion focuses on implications for delivery of medical care. Prerequisite: MHE 548 or permission of instructor.

Class description

During this course, students will: 1. Be introduced to classic cases & issues that have defined and shaped the field of biomedical ethics. 2. Practice analyzing ethical issues arising in the care of patients. 3. Be introduced to strategies used by clinical faculty to address and resolve ethical dilemmas. 4. Practice teaching clinical ethics and facilitating respectful discussion and debate.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Required prerequisite: MHE 548, Introduction to Clinical Ethics, offered Autumn Quarter.

Class assignments and grading

1. Student Teaching/Facilitation (20%) Each student will teach one class, outlining the medical and ethical issues and providing a thorough ethical analysis. Students will also facilitate class discussion. Facilitation is expected to be interactive and collaborative.

2. Class Participation, Close Reading, Respectful Discussion (20%) This course will be reading and discussion intensive. Classroom activities will require careful reading of the assigned material prior to class time. Students are expected to read the texts critically and reflectively, which should be reflected in the quality of classroom discussion and the contributions the student makes to class discussions.

3. Midterm Essay Exam (15%) Specifics on the mid-term will be reviewed the week prior. Blue books will be required.

4. Short Writing Assignments (15%) Students will turn in two short (2-3 page) writing assignments throughout the quarter. The assignments will be distributed the week prior. They may include: Reflective response to readings Brief analysis and critique of readings Case analysis using clinical ethics methods

5. Course Paper (30%) The course paper will consist of an analysis of a bioethics case taken from personal experience, media accounts, or from the bioethics literature. Students should choose a clinical case rather than a general policy or ethical issue. Students analyze the case using the methods of their choice and should include a critical discussion of how the method helps or hinders the ethical analysis (strengths and limitations should be considered in a separate section at the end of the paper.) The paper should reflect substantive research on the issues arising in the case. Final papers are due March 18 no later than 5pm


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Last Update by Amber L Curtis
Date: 12/09/2002