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Goals for Year 3 Medical Humanities students.




Students will be able to:

Analyze physician-patient encounters for “microethical” or moral moments.

Discuss important ethical, historical, and legal perspectives on the physician-patient relationship.

Identify legal rights and responsibilities within the physician-patient relationship, with emphasis on the standard of care and professional liability in the context of medical malpractice litigation.

Describe ethical and legal principles that give rise to and shape the doctrine of informed consent as well as the informed consent interchange between physician and patient.

Discuss ethical and legal considerations that bear upon privacy and confidentiality within the physician-patient relationship.

Describe the value of meaningful communication between physicians and patients in the clinical setting and its importance in strengthening the physician-patient relationship.

Identify and discuss issues of bias that affect the physician-patient relationship.

Discuss the clinical, ethical, legal, and psychosocial aspects of decision-making relative to withholding/withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from patients who are terminally ill or permanently comatose.

Describe clinical, ethical, and psychosocial considerations that bear upon assessment and treatment of pain in situations where patients are terminally ill, with emphasis on palliative care and hospice care.

Discuss ethical and legal issues arising out of the controversy surrounding physician participation in assisted death.

Describe ethical, legal, and policy considerations relating to organ donation and transplantation as an aspect of the physician-patient relationship.

Discuss the effects of an impaired physician-patient relationship and describe available legal and professional responses.