Medical Ethics is one of the branches of Ethics, specializing on moral principles of clinical medicine. The basic principles of medical ethics were formulated by Hippocrates. Medical ethics unites both theoretical knowledge and a set of applied requirements for doctors and other medical personnel.
This set of requirements include:
- Confidentiality issues;
- Responsibility for the life and health of patients
- Problems of relationships in the medical community
- Problems of relationships with patients and their relatives
- Rules for the intimate relationship between physician and patient (developed by the Ethics and Legal Committee of the American Medical Association).
The main issues of medical ethics are the permission or prohibition of euthanasia, the inevitable death of a patient, abortion.
Study programs in Medical Ethics
Medical Ethics is usually taught as a core course in applied study program in Medicine, ot as a separate degree provided by Arts and Humanities, or Philosophical faculties. This degree is usually chosen by those who wish to engage in research and teaching activity in this area, for those who wish to start a career in medicine a module in Medical Ethics is usually enough.
If you wish to study Medical Ethics in a university, you can apply for one of several Ethics undergraduate study programs, and choose a specialization in Ethics after one or two years of basic courses; or you can find a separate degree in Medical Ethics, for example, Medical Ethics in University of Wales, Lampeter, UK, or Biomedical and Health Care Ethics, University of Leeds, UK. Find a suitable study program by using our website.