Biomedical Ethics:  Today’s Debate, Tomorrow’s Dilemma

Denise Dudzinski, University of Washington

July 16 – 18, 2003, in Seattle, WA

Course Description

Biomedical ethics has influenced national news and healthcare policy debates.  What are the scientific and ethical differences between therapeutic and reproductive human cloning?  Should we permit payment for donated cadaver organs?  Should assisted suicide be legal?  These issues are important for all of us to understand as we are asked to make treatment decisions for ourselves and loved ones, and as our votes and voices influence health care policy.

Biomedical ethics involves the intersection of medicine, ethics, law, and policy.  Increasingly undergraduate, law, nursing, medical, and humanities students are electing to take biomedical ethics courses.  This short course will introduce instructors to the principles and methods used in biomedical ethics.  It will give them tools for teaching biomedical ethics in their classrooms.  The course will emphasize a case study approach in order to engage students directly with the issues biomedical ethics addresses.  Multiple professional and personal perspectives are sought in this approach.  Those who take this course will learn how to facilitate fruitful moral and ethical dialogue and debate among students. 

Ethical issues related to assisted suicide, euthanasia, assisted reproductive technologies, human cloning and organ donation will be discussed.  Participants will leave with core teaching materials, several effective pedagogical techniques, and some practice in deliberating about and teaching ethical issues in biomedicine.  

The course is for teachers of all disciplines at community college, college or graduate level and for graduate students interested in teaching at these levels.  Those most interested might include philosophy, religion, nursing, law, and medicine graduate students and faculty.

Prerequisites:  none

Denise Dudzinski is Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  Dr.  Dudzinski sits on two institutional ethics committees, is a clinical ethics consultant and was Senior Fellow in Clinical and Research Ethics at Vanderbilt University.  She has taught biomedical, clinical, and research ethics in hospitals as well as nursing schools, law schools, and medical schools. 


Location information

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This course will be held on or near the University of Washington campus. University of Washington dorm accommodations are available for this course. Link to UW Housing/Dorms for more information.


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