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Medical ethics in residency training [Anatol J Cardiol]
Anatol J Cardiol. 2009; 9(2): 132-138

Medical ethics in residency training

Murat Civaner1, Özlem Sarıkaya2, Harun Balcıoğlu3
1Uludağ Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Deontoloji Anabilim Dalı, Bursa
2Marmara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Tıp Eğitimi Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul
3kara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Tıp Eğitimi ve Bilişimi Anabilim Dalı, Ankara

Medical ethics education in residency training is one of the hot topics of continuous medical education debates. Its importance and necessity is constantly stressed in declarations and statements on national and international level. Parallel to the major structural changes in the organization and the finance model of health care system, patient-physician relationship, identity of physicianship, social perception and status of profession are changing. Besides, scientific developments and technological advancements create possibilities that never exists before, and bring new ethical dilemmas along with. To be able to transplant human organs has created two major problems for instance; procurement of organs in sufficient numbers, and allocating them to the patients in need by using some prioritizing criteria. All those new and challenging questions force the health care workers to find authentic and justifiable solutions while keeping the basic professional values. In that sense, proper medical ethics education in undergraduate and postgraduate term that would make physician-to-be’s and student-physicians acquire the core professional values and skill to notice, analyze and develop justifiable solutions to ethical problems is paramount. This article aims to express the importance of medical ethics education in residency training, and to propose major topics and educational methods to be implemented into. To this aim, first, undergraduate medical education, physician’s working conditions, the exam of selection for residency training, and educational environment were revised, and then, some topics and educational methods, which are oriented to educate physicians regarding the professional values that they should have, were proposed

Keywords: Residency, professional education, graduate medical education, medical ethics, bioethics, professional ethics


Murat Civaner, Özlem Sarıkaya, Harun Balcıoğlu. Medical ethics in residency training. Anatol J Cardiol. 2009; 9(2): 132-138


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