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Medical students and clinical ethics

Sidney Bloch
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (4): 167-169.

Teacher-clinicians are not always adequate role models

In 2000, the Australian Medical Council highlighted the place of clinical ethics in the education of medical students.1 A similar appreciation of its relevance has grown in the UK, North America and Europe.2-4 Recently, a working group of the Association of Teachers of Ethics and Law in Australian and New Zealand Medical Schools (ATEAM) produced a core curriculum for the subject5 that encompasses the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for students to appreciate the range and complexity of ethical issues permeating medicine and the moral principles required to deal with them.

  • Sidney Bloch

  • Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Fitzroy, VIC.

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