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MDC 301 - Bioethics

Code Start Date Duration Venue
MDC 301 13 November 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
MDC 301 04 December 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

Bioethics studies the reasonableness of human choices and actions that typically occur in medical practice, such as end-of-life decision-making, but our consideration will extend to other areas where human life and health are involved, such as artificial reproduction, research ethics, cloning, and stem cell research.

This course begins with a brief overview of ethics, and them moves to develop and consider the moral values and principles relevant to medical practice and bioethics.


Course Objectives

  • Formulating the ethical principles relevant to medical practice
  • Presenting the basic concepts, principles, and elements of ethics
  • Distinguishing between theoretical ethics and applied ethics
  • Understanding the general features (and limitations) of current bioethical discussion
  • Evaluating common beliefs about ethics
  • Conceptualizing the nature of a medical relationship, and understand moral principles 
  • Identifying the moral questions that medical practice and the health issues raise
  • Identifying the key values of medical decision-making

Who Should Attend?

  • Doctors, nurses, health care workers,
  • Philosophers, social scientists,
  • Educators intending to broaden their understanding of the ethical issues in biomedicine and other health-related issues.


Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Philosophy and medicine: Health and disease as philosophical concepts
  • Mind-body problem & consciousness
  • Value dimension of human behavior
  • Fundamentals of ethics
  • Historical overview and main theories of ethics
  • Introduction to medical ethics
  • Classical and modern medical ethics
  • The Hippocratic Oath

Day 2

  • Main principles of Bioethics
  • Medical professional—patient relationship
  • Ethical issues of the beginning of life
  • Abortion
  • Biomedical research ethics
  • Ethics committees
  • Ethics and values in pharmacy

Day 3

  • Justice in the allocation of health resources
  • Veracity: Dealing honestly with patients
  • Autonomy and external constraints on autonomy
  • Confidentiality and the ethics of promises
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Different conceptions of health and disease
  • Competition in medicine

Day 4

  • Different forms of physician—patient communication
  • Ethics of clinical drug research
  • Problems of narcomania
  • Ethics in reproductive medicine
  • End-of-life (care) problems
  • Organ transplant

Day 5

  • Ethical issues related to sensitive groups
  • Ethical issues related to the eHealth databases
  • Autonomy and medical informed consent
  • Limited resources in health care organisation and availability of drugs