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Fundamentals of Medical Ethics
After working through this course you should be able to:
- understanding the role of ethics in medicine
- recognize ethical issues when they arise in your practice
- deal with these issues in a systematic manner
The course is structured in the following way:
- Chapter one introduces the course with a description of medical ethics and a discussion of its importance for the practice of medicine.
- Chapter two deals with the difference between medical ethics and other ethics and with how individuals make ethical decisions.
- Chapter three focuses on the patient-physician relationship, including beginning-of-life and end-of-life issues.
- Chapter four deals with the relationships between physicians and society.
- Chapter five is concerned with the how physicians relate to other physicians, to medical students, and to other health care providers.
- Chapter six introduces the basic ethical requirements for medical research involving human subjects.
- Chapter seven concludes the course with some reflections on the privileges and responsibilities of physicians and the future of medical ethics.
Author: John R. Williams, World Medical Association
Editor: Bjørn Oscar Hoftvedt, The Norwegian Medical Association
Editorial assistant: Dr. Brooke Bible, World Medical Association
The Norwegian Medical Association has accredited the course with 8 hours/points in post-graduate and continuing education.