Building a Generation of Ethical Doctors
As the school year begins, it is easy for busy medical students to lose track of ethical principles, and whatever good eating habits they might have had are soon replaced with black coffee and donuts. At PCRM, we cannot make medical school any easier. But we can make it better.
This year, we have three new sets of resource materials: a Research Issues Compendium, a Nutrition Curriculum, and a Medicine and Society Curriculum—all of which are available to medical students and faculty for classes, study groups, and brown-bag discussions. They contain lesson plans, peer-reviewed journal articles, and practical advice that students will carry with them into professional practice.
The Research Issues Compendium begins with PCRM’s new videotape, Advances in Medical Education with Henry Heimlich, M.D., documenting Harvard Medical School’s dynamic human operating room-based alternative to a physiology dog laboratory. The package also contains Alternatives in Medical Education: Non-Animal Methods, PCRM’s booklet of alternatives to animal laboratories in medical school. It is regularly updated to include cutting-edge CD-ROMs, interactive videodiscs, and other programs from the recent explosion of multimedia publishing. Information on animal experimentation and ethical issues in human experiments is also included.
PCRM’s Nutrition Curriculum is an answer to the legendary lack of nutrition education in medical school. It is designed for informal seminars or brown-bag luncheons and includes brief readings, copies of classic research articles, and discussion questions. The curriculum investigates how to use nutrition to help patients prevent and treat heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and other serious conditions. Our Vegetarian Starter Kit is included as a sample resource for doctors and patients alike.
Our Medicine and Society Curriculum helps students explore tough problems that will confront them in practice: injuries that suggest domestic violence, indigent patients who need expensive medical care, patients who want to die, and other difficult but important issues.