The current state of medical school education in bioethics, health law, and health economics

Govind C. Persad, Linden Elder, Laura Sedig, Leonardo Flores, Ezekiel J. Emanuel

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Abstract

Current challenges in medical practice, research, and administration demand physicians who are familiar with bioethics, health law, and health economics. Curriculum directors at American Association of Medical Colleges-affiliated medical schools were sent confidential surveys requesting the number of required hours of the above subjects and the years in which they were taught, as well as instructor names. The number of relevant publications since 1990 for each named instructor was assessed by a PubMed search. In sum, teaching in all three subjects combined comprises less than two percent of the total hours in the American medical curriculum, and most instructors have not recently published articles in the fields they teach. This suggests that medical schools should reevaluate their curricula and instructors in bioethics, health law, and health economics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy

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