This intensive course is designed for members of ethics committees and others interested in ethical aspects of clinical practice. The target audience are physicians, ethics consultants, nurses, chaplains, social workers, health care administrators, respiratory and other therapists, human rights officers, patient representatives, psychologists, risk managers, moral philosophers, hospital attorneys and trustees. Any or all of these health professionals may be members of hospital ethics committees.
Members of clinical ethics committees, organizational ethics task forces and ethics support services identified the need to learn theories of ethics and ethical analysis of clinical cases to prepare staff to serve on clinical ethics committees and perform clinical ethics consultations. Knowledge of common ethical problems and dilemmas in medicine, and strategies to address them will help participants increase their competence in addressing ethical questions in medical care. The combination of lectures, case discussions and seminars cover core information about ethical theories, principles, and methods, key bioethics cases from US courts, evolving standards for ethics consultation, and areas of clinical ethical controversy and consensus.
Faculty for the course are drawn from the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and from the Harvard-affiliated hospitals and institutions who are experts published in the specialty areas in which they teach, including bioethics, moral philosophy, medicine and health care.
Christine Mitchell, RN, MS, MTS
Robert D. Truog, MD