Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Teaching and Resources

NIH's Bioethics Resources on the Web: The National Institute of Health (NIH) lists a wide variety of web resources that can be found in several areas such as bioethics education, research involving human participants, medical and health care ethics, and applied genetics and biotechnology.

Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University.
This site includes databases, educational resources, and bibliographies.

National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature (NRCBL): The (NRCBL) Syllabus Exchange Database, housed at Georgetown University, promotes the study of bioethics by providing a clearinghouse for bioethics syllabi over 600 from 11 countries. Standard syllabi document semester courses, in addition to seminar and continuing education syllabi, spanning high school through graduate education.

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics: Databases and other resources are provided along a listing of bioethics resources at the National Library of Medicine.

End of Life Issues in Medline: Medline Plus has various links including how to help patients cope with end of life issues.

End of Life issues from ACP: The American College of Physicians has a set of tools that can help patients and families live well with serious illness near the end of life. These educational materials can be used to facilitate conversations between physicians, patients, and their families.

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Sample Teaching Materials

Georgetown Universitys Ethical and Cultural Competence in the Health Professions (ECC) (Part I): Most of Georgetown Universitys seventy-seven page syllabus is provided, complete with overall course and detailed learning objectives, outlines and details of preparatory assignments, small group activities, criteria for student assessment, scenarios and cases for discussion, readings, and complete lecture outlines. Other helpful information includes a Comparative Matrix of processes, skills, pitfalls, and outcomes of clinical encounters; along with information regarding assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation.

Georgetown Universitys Ethical Competence Part II: Approx 1/3 of this several hundred page syllabus is provided and includes extensive information on Readings, Preparatory Assignments, Lecture Outline, etc. The course addresses the moral issues faced by physicians and nurses in clinical practice.

Using Standardized Patients to Teach Clinical Ethics: Article regarding the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo structuring Ethics instruction utilizing standardized patients.

Ethics in Medicine: Teaching Ethics: Columbia University Medical Center article discusses teaching concepts that are neither black nor white.

Humanism, Ethics and Teaching: Power point providing an example of ethics education. Geared towards residents, it can also be utilized by medical educators.,-Ethics,-and-Teaching-A-Medical-Education-Workshop-.-ppt-3055

Teaching Ethics to Bioscience Students: The Centre for Bioscience, Higher Education Academy, supports and promotes the teaching of ethics to students.

Bioethics Bytes: A collection of resources to assist in the teaching of bioethics.

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Michigan State University's Dermatology & Cutaneous Sciences Resources

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences:

Program in Bio-Ethics, Humanities and Society:

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