The Essentials of Medical Ethics Online Course

The Essentials of Medical Ethics Online Course 

When preparing for the medical school interviews it’s helpful to understand which topics you should focus on. A particularly common topic includes questions regarding ethical principles, issues and your stance on these sensitive subjects. Questions will arise concerning abortion, assisted reproduction, euthanasia and the basic principles of ethics. In other instances, scenarios are given that can have ethical implications and you must make a medical decision. 

We’ll help you become fully informed before attempting to answer these complicated questions. This course will cover the 4 pillars of health care ethics (the principles of Autonomy, Justice, Beneficence and Non-Maleficence) as well as the “3 C’s” (Confidentiality, Capacity and Consent). We’ll dive into each section and discuss ethical dilemmas, examples and how they apply to a good medical practice. We also highlight key legal cases and discuss related factors, followed by mock interviews. Here, we ask sample questions and give examples of great answers. Our hope is that our answers guide your preparation, leaving you more confident with structuring your answer and delivering under pressure.

What to expect

  • Professionally filmed for a better learning experience
  • Hours of interactive footage featuring high quality videos ~20 minutes long
  • Created by real doctors and interview experts with over 15 years of experience
  • Fully mobile and tablet responsive, so you can access the videos from anywhere
  • Set your own goals along the way

Ethical questions in medical school interviews covered:

  • Autonomy
    • The Ethical Pillar of Autonomy and in-depth analysis of the Hippocratic Oath
    • Case report: Slater vs Baker and Stapleton (1767)
    • What do we mean by a patient's autonomy?
    • Factors influencing a patient's autonomy
    • Jehovah's Witnesses
    • When does Autonomy become a moral dilemma?
    • Case report: T vs Court of Appeal (1993)
  • Beneficence
    • The Ethical Pillar of Beneficence
    • Beneficence and Jehovah's Witnesses
    • Would you transfuse a Jehovah's Witness?
    • The history of Beneficence
    • Physician assisted suicide: Harmful or Beneficent?
    • Is it harmful or beneficial to help a competent patient who has requested hastened death?
    • Social Beneficence: Organ Donation
  • Non-maleficence
    • The Ethical Pillar of Non-Maleficence
    • Non-Maleficence and Beneficence: The Weighing Scale
    • Case report: Mr Bolam and Clinical Negligence
    • Case report: Patrick Bolitho (1996)
    • The Principal of Medical Futility and The Trisomy 18 Disorder
    • Other scenarios you might encounter
  • Justice
    • The Ethical Pillar of Justice
    • Deciphering Justice: The Clinical Angle
    • Factors influencing the same level of care
    • Unequal access health care for unequal patients
    • Allocation of resources at a population level
    • Can we refuse to perform cardiac surgery on a smoker?
  • Confidentiality
    • The 3Cs: Confidentiality
    • The Origins of Confidentiality and the Hippocratic Oath
    • The impact of breaching confidentiality
    • The Data Protection Act (1998)
    • Confidentiality: It's importance on the doctor-patient relationship
    • When can confidentiality be breached?
    • Case report: Dr Robert Browne vs The General Medical Council (1971)
    • Case report: Prosenjit Poddar (1967)
  • Capacity
    • The 3Cs: Capacity
    • The Mental Capacity Act (2005)
    • Assessing patients' capacity
    • Define: Power of Attorney
    • The case that led to the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
    • Further cases related to the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
    • Capacity: Children's perspective
  • Consent
    • The 3Cs: Consent
    • How can we take Consent?
    • Case report: Nadine Montgomery
  • Abortion and pregnancy
    • The Pro-choice Argument
    • Does an unborn foetus have the right to Autonomy?
    • Case report: Roe vs Wade (1973), a game changer
    • Non-Maleficence and Beneficence in Abortion
    • The Abortion Act (1976) and global perspective
    • Justice in Abortion
    • Should fathers have a say in Abortions?
  • Assisted Reproduction
    • Assisted Reproduction: Arguments in favour
    • Assisted Reproduction: Arguments against
    • The History of Assisted Reproduction
    • Should donor eggs or sperm be used?

Who is this course designed for?

This online medical ethics course is designed for students preparing for their medicine interviews. We help you focus on the topics that matter so you can go into your interview confident. This course will prepare you for commonly asked questions regarding medical ethics. We will cover the essentials to medical ethics, including the 4 pillars of medical ethics as well as the 3 C's. This course will cover commonly asked questions and give you to the tools you need to answer appropriately during your medicine interviews! 

Our guarantee 

Essential content: We have separated the videos into important topics that we feel are fundamental to interview success. We begin by teaching you how to structure your answers. We go through the common types of interview questions that you may come across. Extra quizzes and info will also become available for you to put your knowledge into practice.

Interactive features: Being interactive is the key to our teaching success! So, you will find our team members asking you questions and asking you to pause the video. We may ask you to write something down. Or we may recommend that you look up some extra info to enhance your learning.  

Unlimited playbacks and mobile responsive: Each module offers unlimited replays with flexible playback features. This allows you to learn at your own pace and track your progress, to make it a more personalised learning experience.


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