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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6870
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2005-11-04
  2. Department: Medical Ethics and Humanities(internal medicine)
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 610605
  5. Contact Person: Lois LaCivita Nixon
  6. Phone: 9745300
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6870
  10. Full Title: Medical Ethics and Humanities: Tools & Foundations
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Med Eth/Hum Tools-Foundations
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Terminology, historical perspectives, ethical principles and dilemmas, and case studies. Examination of aspects of the human journey and various voices or perspectives thorough fiction, essays, history, art, poetry, theater, and film.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course has been required for all medical students for more than 20 years. MABMH students have the unique opportunity of becoming an integral part of an existing course that provides an introduction to the tools and foundations of medical ethics and
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? The course is required for all first year medical students, MS students, and Doctor in Physical Therapy students. The course is one of 5 core courses for MABHM students.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PHD in Humanities Discipline or MD with advanced ethics training.
  29. Objectives: Ethics:

    Recognize the need to encourage patients to adopt healthful lifestyles.

    Develop knowledge of issues that are applicable to clinical and real-life arenas, particularly to end of life issues.

    Know the importance of involving the patient or family in therapeutic decision-making; the role and contribution of each team member in the care of the patient; the role of psychosocial factors in team interactions.

    Recognize the importance of using interpersonal skills that enhance communication with the patient, the patientís family, and other healthcare providers and consultants.

    Be able to discuss the scope of issues included in "medical ethics".

    Know base values of the medical profession; the essentials of malpractice cases.

    Identify basic ethical principles that govern the practice of medicine.

    Demonstrate key medical ethics concepts and nomenclature, e.g., informed consent, brain death, autonomy, beneficence, advance directives, etc.; knowledge of selected landmark ethics/legal cases.

    Apply basic ethical principles to case analysis.

    Distinguish between legal issues and ethical issues.

    Demonstrate interpretive and observational skills in exploring topics in medicine and ethics via the humanities.

    Develop an attitude of teamwork and respect toward all members of the health care team.

    Respect patientís informed choices, including the right to refuse treatment and patient autonomy.

    Recognize the importance of involving the patient in decision making.

    Understand the concepts professional responsibility.

    Display attitudes and professional behaviors appropriate for clinical practice.

    Medical Humanities:

    Comprehension: understand meaning of narrative assignment and why it is included

    Voice distinctions (objective and subjective/varied perspectives)

    Observational skills and contributions of physician-writers

    Analysis and Interpretation: determine application and use of narrative or story in medicine and the value of communication skills

    Moral reasoning: gather data, identify problem, know legal parameters, form consensus

    Social and personal complexities: recognize and tolerate ambiguities, nuances, complexities in self and others

    In general students will be able to recognize the value of soft data or story for understanding and describing the full range of the human condition (strong, vulnerable, poor, afraid, articulate, bumbling, heterosexual, gay, light skinned, dark skinned, disabled, intersexual, powerless, arrogant, bullying, etc.).

  30. Learning Outcomes: Ethics:

    To develop familiarity with the ethical dimensions of the physician's life, the value base of the medical profession, and key topics in medical ethics

    To gain experience in analyzing clinical ethics problems.

    Medical Humanities:

    To understand how we got to where we are today in medicine and society

    To recognize that the present is grounded in the past

    To emphasize the importance of civil discourse, improved understandings, and tolerant attitudes toward others who are like us or not like us, including classmates

    To understand and appreciate diversity and difference in ourselves and others

    To value the importance of observation and listening skills for physicians

    To remember that human beings, including ourselves, are stories and that much of medicine is about telling, listening, and interpreting stories.

    To provide an introduction to stories told by physician-writers.

  31. Major Topics: Professionalism, Ethics Principles, Beginning-of-Life Issues, Aging Concerns, End-of-Life Issues, Epidemics, etc.
  32. Textbooks: Course pack developed by instructor on a early basis

    On Doctoring, 3rd Edition

    The Death of Ivan Illych

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
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