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636Challenges for Bioethics from Asia


Sivakami:  In Taiwan, does the government insist on bioethics education for physicians? How is the process going about?

Yang:  Now the government is more interested than medical associations.  There is a moral conscience to respond to this act.

Aksoy: I just have a short practical question. Who gives the classes? Have you started? And what kind of evaluation do you have?

Wu: Yes, we have started the courses. The teachers are people like you. But we don’t have as many qualified ethicists in Taiwan.  So now the program is just starting. So that’s why we are starting this. As you saw in the slide, we already have 20 years experience and the program is directed by the health professional association by each specialty.  But the performance is very poor. People just signed and took the course. So now the government has stepped in to make it more effective. So the formal program has just started based on past experience. And this worries me because now physicians have a duty to do this. As we know the problem in education is that we can only teach those who want to learn, right? So we have this new law to make continuing education in medicine mandatory but we need to design a more interesting program to make people want to stay there, want to participate, like all of you now here, though very hungry but willing to stay. So the government has to regulate. So who can teach? Very few.

Aksoy: Assessment? Tests?

Wu: No assessment. Just attend the course.

Wang: Further training of 6 years is too long.

Hsin: No, renew the license every 6 years, not take the course every 6 years.

Yang:  Yes, the license must be renewed every 6 years. Out of 180 credits, 10% should be about medical ethics. So it’s a mandatory system now.

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