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Reinforcing Professionalism through Medical Ethics Education Based on Arete

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2021, 24(4), pp.409-422
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2021.24.4.409
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : November 15, 2021
  • Accepted : December 15, 2021
  • Published : December 31, 2021

KIM Min Ji 1 KIM Jun 1 KIM SEON KYOUNG ORD ID 1

1계명대학교 의과대학 의료인문학교실

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ABSTRACT

This article examines the current status and limitations of medical ethics courses in 40 medical schools in South Korea. Weaknesses in these medical ethics curricula are identified through an analysis of students’ opinions. It is found that medical ethics education in South Korea is focused primarily on normative ethics and case-based learning while character education is largely overlooked. However, if the goal of medical ethics education is to nurture ethical virtues and medical professionalism, it is essential that medical students also receive some thinking training based on principles in virtue ethics. Accordingly, this article argues that the ten character virtues identified by the Korean Educational Development Institute should be incorporated into the case-based instructional methods used in medical ethics curricula in South Korea.

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