Clinical Ethics Teaching

Under the leadership of Arlene Davis, Social Medicine and Center for Bioethics faculty members also teach medical students and residents about clinical ethics in the context of patient care at UNC Hospitals. Our faculty members join the medical teams in various areas of the hospital (currently PICU, MICU, SICU and Family Practice) for morning rounds on specified days each month. Ethical issues are addressed on rounds and in related separate ethical education sessions based on cases chosen by the medical team. These conversations with medical students, house staff, and attending physicians are augmented by case- based ethics education sessions in other settings, such as NICU, Emergency Medicine, and in general pediatrics. Similarly, our faculty members work with other members of the health care team (nurses, social workers, allied health) in a variety of settings to provide ethics education. We also present ethical topics in other forums, such as various departmental Grand Rounds. Finally, we sponsor a monthly Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds for a diverse audience interested in the ethical issues related to patient care.