Courses Offered by Faculty
CCTS 21002, HIPS 21002
The Making of the "Good Physician": Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Vocation, Calling and the Pursuit of Clinical Excellence
Instructor: John Yoon, MD
Time: Mon/Wed 1:00 – 2:50 PM
Location: W300 Hospital Medicine Conference Room
This multi-disciplinary course draws insights from medicine, sociology, moral psychology, philosophy, ethics and theology to explore answers to the unique challenges that medicine faces in the context of late modernity: How does one become a “good physician” in an era of growing moral pluralism and health care complexity? Students will engage relevant literature from across these disciplines to address issues regarding the legitimate goals of medicine, medical professionalism, the doctor-patient relationship, vocation and calling, the role of religion in medicine, and character development in medical education. The course will first introduce the challenges that moral pluralism in contemporary society presents to the profession of medicine along with the subsequent calls for a renewed pursuit of clinical excellence in today’s complex health care system. It will then survey the resurgence of a philosophical discipline (virtue ethics) that has begun to shape contemporary debate regarding what types of “excellences” are needed for a good medical practice dominated by medical science and technology. Students will examine scholarship in three primary areas: First, students will examine traditional religious accounts (from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) both of medicine and of moral formation, to consider how they might inform answer to the question, How does one become (and remain) a good physician? Second, students will examine recent research in the field of moral psychology that is shaping contemporary views regarding moral and professional formation and identity. Finally, students will examine studies from the vocational psychology literature on work motivation, focusing particularly on the construct of calling and its application to the pursuit of clinical excellence in medicine.
Sponsored by the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, Program on Medicine and Religion and the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, with support from the Committee on Clinical & Translational Science.
Religion, Bioethics and the Practice of Medicine
Course Directors: Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc, and John Yoon, MD
Religious traditions provide ontologies for the human being and for disease, and attend to the moral dimensions of healthcare seeking and the practice of medicine. 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 biomedicine. This course will challenge students to consider the religious dimensions of health and the practice of medicine through a series of didactics that cover broad concepts relevant to the intersection of religion and biomedicine from the perspective of the Abrahamic traditions, and facilitated discussion sessions where students co-present readings that identify and address tensions between religion and medicine from contemporary secular and religious perspectives.
RETH 45610/ LAWS 80404/ MEDC 45610
Seminal Texts in the History of Medical Ethics
Spring 2014 (and will be offered every other Spring Quarter, Tuesday evenings, 6-8:50pm)
Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD
This seminar involves a close reading (in translation, but with some texts available in original languages) of seminal texts from antiquity through to the mid-20th century that have shaped thinking about medical ethics. We concentrate on Western works, including Hippocrates, Plato, Scribonius Largus, Ali al-Ruhani, Paracelsus, Isaac Israeli, Maimonides, John Gregory, Thomas Percival, Worthington Hooker, William Osler, Richard Cabot, Francis Peabody, and various medical oaths and codes of the 20th century. We also read several non-Western texts: The Oath of Initiation of the Caraka Samhita and the Chinese text known as “The Five Commandments and Ten Requirements.” The class is conducted in classical seminar style, with students assigned to lead the discussions of particular texts. Our interdisciplinary discussion exemplifies and provides a context for the interdisciplinary nature of the field.
RETH 45401/ MEDC 45401/ LAWS 80403
Theories of Medical Ethics
Spring 2015, then every other Spring, Tuesday evenings, 6-8:50pm.
Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD
Open to Divinity, Law, and Medical students, this seminar involves a close reading and critique of the most prominent theories in contemporary medical ethics, including Principlism (Beauchamp and Childress), Utilitarianism (Singer; Epstein), Libertarianism (Engelhardt), Contractualism (Veatch), Foundationalism (Pellegrino and Thomasma), Casuistry (Jonsen and Toulmin), and Covenantal approaches (Ramsey; May). The class is conducted in classical seminar style, with students assigned to lead the discussions of particular texts. Our interdisciplinary discussion exemplifies and provides a context for the interdisciplinary nature of the field.