Allison Merrick
California State University, San Marcos
Thomas V. Cunningham
Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles
Although ethics is an essential component of undergraduate medical education, research suggests current medical ethics curricula face considerable challenges in improving students’ ethical reasoning. This paper discusses these challenges and introduces a promising new mode of graduate and professional ethics instruction for overcoming them. We begin by describing common ethics curricula, focusing in particular on established problems with current approaches. Next, we describe a novel method of ethics education and assessment for medical students that we have devised, the Medical Ethics Bowl. Finally, we suggest pedagogical advantages to MEBs when compared to other ethics curricula.
Keywords ethics curriculum  medical ethics bowl  undergraduate medical education  ethical reasoning
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DOI 10.1017/s0963180115000389
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