Medical Ethics and Undergraduate Training: The Ground Reality and Remedial Action

Medical Ethics and Undergraduate Training: The Ground Reality and Remedial Action

Ayesha Ahmad (Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India), Pareesa Rabbani (Era's Medical College, India), Shipra Kanwar (Era's Medical College, India), Ranoji Vijaysingh Shinde (KKU, Saudi Arabia) and Tamkin Khan (Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College-AMU College, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9624-2.ch090
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The study of Medical Ethics [ME] is mandatory for health practitioners because there is hardly an area in medicine that doesn't pose an ethical dilemma. There is lack of awareness among physicians. Training of medical students should equip them to provide the best care to patients in an ethical manner without harm. The aim of this chapter was to assess the awareness of undergraduate students to ME and take inputs about curricular changes as they are important stake holders. A prospective, cross sectional, observational study through a confidential questionnaire was utilized. 86 proformas were fit for analysis. Majority [68.6%] failed to define ME. Most had been exposed to ME in the college or through the print or visual media. Majority could not recall any incident of professional misconduct witnessed by them, while others recounted incidents such as taking gifts from pharmaceutical companies, rudeness to poor patients, mis-diagnosis due to casual approach towards patients, becoming personal with female patients, organ trafficking, conducting sex determination tests etc. Most were unaware about the existence or purpose of an institutional ethics committee. Regarding the need for studying ME 86.04% said they thought it is important. Majority suggested be interactive case presentations as a method of teaching ME. There is gross unawareness among medical students about the definition, scope and purpose of teaching ME. A drastic change in the medical curriculum is required and new and interesting teaching learning methods need to be evolved in order to train our students in ME.
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Aims Of The Study

  • 1.

    To assess the awareness and receptivity of ME amongst undergraduate students.

  • 2.

    To take inputs/suggestions from the medical students [important stake holders] about teaching learning activities which would be best suited for inculcating ethical values.



Total proforma given were 100 of which 87 were returned. Only one was returned unfilled. So the number of questionnaires analysed was 86.

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