from a variety of disciplines and bring their professional and personal perspectives to the discussion. The discussions are held in the homes of division members or participants. They serve not only as a forum for the exchange of ideas, but have also led to the formation of task forces and public policy initiatives. Between 10 and 30 people attend these monthly discussions. When asked to rate the information gained from the discussions last year, 93% of respondents gave them a 4 or 5 on a 5- point scale. The topics are listed on page 16
MEDICAL ETHICS IN UTAH NEWSLETTER The purpose of our monthly newsletter is to announce programs and activities related to medical ethics. We include excerpts from topical articles drawn from the national media. Linda Carr-Lee has provided background for and summaries of our Evening Ethics Discussions. We also use the newsletter to keep readers abreast of our Division members' activities. This free newsletter goes to over 600 readers throughout the state and region. An example of our newsletter is on page 19.
MEDICAL ETHICS COURSE FOR SENIOR STUDENTS: All 100 of our senior medical students take this two week required course. The curriculum and schedule is shown on, page 9. Every day includes lectures and small group discussions that are co-facilitated by a clinician and non-clinician. More than 20 faculty from medicine, nursing, and philosophy participate in this program. All Students write papers for the course about a medical ethics issue important to them. We award a cash prize for the best paper and record the authors name on a plaque. This Year we gave two awards for the two equally
outstanding papers. We sponsored by the Campus School of Business.
also published them in our newsletter.
The awards were co-
It is a great opportunity to think about some major issues, and learn about the views of other people. I think this is a highly educational course in a lot of ways—appreciating diversity of thought, appreciating ethics in practice, figuring out how I feel about some issues I normally don’t consider very often. I also appreciate the exposure to the great faculty who put so much time into the discussions.
It is a great course with very stimulating discussions. thought out and put together.
The content of the course is well
Very good at confronting ethical issues, and very practical to clinical medicine. Also, I thought the discussion groups were great giving us an opportunity to think about and voice how we might act in a certain situation.
The topics and discussions helped me become more open-minded.
SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY: Over 200 graduate students and fellows participate in this series of seminars. Leslie Francis coordinates this course. Seminar topics are listed in the Appendices, page 11.
MEDICAL HUMANITIES ELECTIVES: This year we offered for the second time an innovative elective for 4th year medical students. It is called Perspectives on Medicine: The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Literature and Film. Mark Matheson and Jay Jacobson conceived, designed, and taught the course. Its objectives are: 1) to gain insight into the doctor-patient relationship through the analysis and discussion of literature and film. 2) To learn more about the historical, social, and cultural contexts of medical practice. 3) To encourage discussion of relevant topics for which students’ other course work and clinical practice allow little time. 4) To develop the skills of observation and interpretation, which are essential for clinical competence and professional development. 5)