“Only one rule in medical ethics need concern you – that action on your part which best conserves the interests of your patient” — Martin H. Fischer (Physician and Author)
Module 6 Description
Module 6 explores the Ethics of Medicine through the codes and key principles established. The module emphasizes confidentiality, consent to investigation or treatment, and truth telling. This module delves into the ethical basis for a patient’s right to know. The module also looks at obligations and restrictions in the doctor-patient relationship such as conflict of interest, disclosure of personal or moral limitations; professional boundaries; physician’s and patient’s rights; involvement of friends and family.
How will Module 6 benefit me?
- Develop an increased understanding of physician roles and responsibilities with regard to patient care
- Gain knowledge on how to prevent medical errors and what to do in the event of a medical error
- Understand physician’s responsibilities in the medical complaint process
- Learn how to apologize and to take responsibility for a medical error in a sincere and culturally appropriate manner
- Learn expressions to elicit the patient’s expectations, and enlist their cooperation in treatment
- Identify your own personal biases (issues of conscience) and learn how to deal with these in a professionally appropriate manner
- Identify legal issues related to the practice of medicine in Canada (North America)
- Refine interview management skills for dealing with difficult and/or emotionally charged patients
- Develop interview strategies to reinforce the patient-physician partnership
- Develop strategies to facilitate patients’ need to express their negative emotions in an appropriate manner
- Learn to demonstrate increased empathy or understanding for patient perspective
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