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Students will be assigned readings in important current topics and discuss these in seminars with faculty. They will also participate in Ethics consultations and will be expected to complete a research project in Ethics or Professionalism during the month.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Margaret Gaffney, M.D. (mgaffney@iu.edu)

Director: Margaret Gaffney, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Indiana Center for Bioethics (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Demonstrate understanding of major bioethical theories, principles and problem-solving (P3)

  • 2) Utilize skills in applied ethics in common medical settings (P3)
  • 3) Discuss major trends in legal ethics as related to medicine (P3)
  • 4) Demonstrate ethical dilemma resolution and consultation process (P3)
  • 5) Analyze ethical issues as portrayed in select literature and film (P3)
  • 6) Examine major ethical issues in various healthcare arenas, including research, genetics, end of life, pediatrics, public health, psychiatry, and emergency medicine (P3)
  • 7) Describe and use appropriate self- awareness and self care (P1)
  • 8) Describe conscience sensitive ethics teaching and practice (P3)
  • 9) Discuss and demonstrate ethical and professional values in medicine (P3)
  • 10) Participate in 2 hospital ethics committee meetings (P3)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; (Attendance, participation, and final project completion)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 14-16 (no nights or weekends)

Time Distribution: 10% Clinical; 10% Research; 40% Library; 40% Seminar

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Margaret Gaffney, M.D. (mgaffney@iu.edu) This course may be dropped or added within 15 days of the beginning of the elective month. To join the elective, students must contact the course director no later than the last week of January

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None