Current Issues in Medicine
Current Issues in Medicine
This course is part of the Certificate in Health Care Ethics,
a 4-course graduate certificate available through UWF's School of Allied Health and Life Sciences.
All area health care practitioners or students of health care are encouraged
to enroll. The focus of this certificate is on critical
ethical issues facing health care providers, patients and their families.
Dr. Gretchen Norling currently serves as the Director of the Association for Health Care Ethics.
The certificate consists of four related courses that deal with currently
important issues in health care ethics:
- Current Issues in Medicine -
This course focuses on an examination of philosophical issues that arise in
conceptualizing the aims and practices of medicine.
- Life, Illness and Death -
This course will explore conflicting world views related to the confrontation of
illness, suffering and death in the health care setting. Clinically relevant case
studies will be employed.
- Theoretical Foundations of Health Care Ethics -
This is a course illuminating major ethical theories and their relation to health
care ethics. The application and viability of these theoretical models will be
tested with respect to training and professional practice in health care.
- Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds -
Students will participate in grand rounds with specified health care professionals. In response to various cases presented at ethics grand rounds, students will participate in mock round table bioethics consultations and committees. A clinical ethics case study is required.
Dr. Grethchen Norling, Ph.D.
PREREQUISITES OR COREQUISITES:
Those interested in this course and/or the
Health Care Ethics Certificate Program
should contact Dr. Gretchen Norling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An examination of issues that arise in conceptualizing the aims and practices of medicine.
Some focus on the health care practitioner’s experience with difficult decisions regarding
patient care and self care.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (Objectives):
- Grasping health care ethics and related medical issues theoretically and practically.
- Case studies and medical ‘narratives’ will be the key illuminators for this task.
- Theoretical bases for doing health care ethics.
- Some focusing on particular qualities the health care practitioner must have
such as altruism, knowledge, skill, and a sense of duty.
- The health care practitioner – patient relationship starts with a story;
the understanding and experience of such ‘narrative’ will be examined.
- 25% 5-10 page paper analyzing a medical ethics issue
- 25% 2-5 page case study from practitioner’s experience which illuminates
his or her developing ethics position.
- 25% attendance, attentiveness to individual needs and comments, bringing
of helpful germane materials to class and participation
- 25% Take Home Final Exam
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