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Meet Medical Bioethics

Understand. Reason. Enlighten. Develop.

It’s a cliché, but it’s grounded in truth: There is so much more that unites us as humans than that which divides us. Throughout all societies, one of the oldest professions is that of healthcare, with people who dedicate their lives to the service of the population and their communities health. Common values have been handed down throughout history in the form of oral traditions, formal teachings, written texts and now online. Values that set the professions of healthcare (eg. medicine & nursing) apart from the jobs others undertake in society.

In the modern digital age, the knowledge that was once precious and secret to medical practitioners, withheld from those not deemed worthy, is now freely available in books, videos and online blogs. Medical literature can be accessed at will almost everywhere globally. The knowledge that sets healthcare workers apart is now in the public domain, and so the question of what sets a doctor or nurse apart from an educated patient is increasingly tenuous.

And yet, two crucial variables remain that cannot be simply purchased and studied at home — the practical experience of medical personnel and the dedicated ethics of medical personnel.

While the practical experience and training of medical staff is not possible outside of formal academic centres and training programs, a foundational knowledge of medical ethics serves not only to drive healthcare workers to act consistently in the best interests of their patients and society. It also enables better dialogue with the public who understand why healthcare workers are driven to act and react in certain ways, and what expectations patients may have from the ethical conduct of their providers. The clearer the language between all persons in a conflict and dilemma, the more proactively all parties can find effective solutions.

This is the goal. To promote understanding. The help people reason ethically. To enlighten workers and the public to the realities of healthcare. And to develop improvements not only in the dilemmas of today, but the rapidly emerging dilemmas of tomorrow.

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