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Religion, Bioethics, and Medicine

MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics (ethics fellowship, Spring Module)

Instructors: Aasim Padela MD, MSc & M. Jeanne Wirpsa, MA, BCC

Course Description:

Religious traditions provide frameworks for understanding the human being and disease, and for attending to the moral dimensions of healthcare within the clinical encounter. For many patients (and healthcare providers) their religious identity strongly informs their health and healthcare behaviors, and religious authorities (texts as well as interpreters of those texts) provide ethical guidance by which to navigate the challenges of contemporary clinical medicine. This course will provoke learners to consider the religious dimensions of health and the clinician-patient relationship and will look closely at salient clinical medical ethical challenges faced by adherents of various religious traditions and the theologicial/ethico-legal concepts that undergird these challenges.

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