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Medical Ethics
Making Challenging Decisions

The information in this course will help you to make decisions about ethical issues that are likely to arise during medical practice. Here you will learn how to identify important elements of an ethical dilemma, and how to consider the options, negotiate a solution, and maintain sensitivity to patients' values. You will review ethical dilemmas that come up frequently and learn about new issues that could affect patient care. This course will cover:

  • Why medical ethics is important—the basics
  • How medical ethics has developed over time
  • The seven key steps to making an ethical decision in medicine
  • Common ethical dilemmas facing physicians today
  • New and emerging ethical issues
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5 CHAPTERS
What Is Medical Ethics, and Why Is It Important?
Medical ethics is important when examining a clinical case that may have many potential courses of action. Ethics helps a physician decide what to do in a difficult medical situation.
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The History of Medical Ethics
Medical ethics has evolved over time. This chapter shows how changes have taken place, and which factors physicians will want to account for in their medical ethical decisions.
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How Physicians Make Ethical Decisions
The right way to make an ethical decision involves a series of steps to gather facts, consider the options, negotiate a solution, and maintain sensitivity to patients' values.
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Common Ethical Dilemmas for Doctors
Physicians will learn about some ethical dilemmas that frequently crop up during treatment of patients and will see factors contributing to the optimum ways to handle those issues.
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Emerging Ethical Dilemmas
Many new ethical situations, including the opioid epidemic and rising healthcare costs, are emerging. How can physicians deal with these issues?
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AUTHORS
Arthur L. Caplan, PhD
Director, Division of Medical Ethics, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York
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PHYSICIAN BUSINESS ACADEMY

Medscape Physician Business Academy is designed to help all physicians, employed and self-employed as well as new and more established practicing physicians, become successful in their medical practice and career by providing the essential business information that most medical schools and residency programs don't teach.

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BY COMPLETING 8 COURSES YOU WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. AFTER COMPLETING EACH COURSE, YOU’LL RECEIVE A LETTER OF COMPLETION.

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