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Title: Evaluating the effects of an integrated medical ethics curriculum on first-year students
Authors: Chin, J.J.L.
Voo, T.C. 
Abdul Karim, S.
Chan, Y.H.
Campbell, A.V.
Keywords: Ethics/attitudes
Learning outcomes
Issue Date: Jan-2011
Citation: Chin, J.J.L.,Voo, T.C.,Abdul Karim, S.,Chan, Y.H.,Campbell, A.V. (2011-01). Evaluating the effects of an integrated medical ethics curriculum on first-year students. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 40 (1) : 4-18. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Introduction: An integrated biomedical ethics track was implemented as part of the new medical undergraduate curriculum at the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in academic year (AY) 2008/2009. This study analyses the effects of the new curriculum on fi rst-year students' knowledge, confi dence and opinions in relation to the subject. Materials and Methods: In a cohort-based quasi-experimental study, we administered a pre-course and post-course questionnaire to a group of fi rst-year students in AY2008/2009 who underwent the new biomedical ethics curriculum. The same questionnaire was carried out with the fi rst-year cohort of AY2007/2008, who had received only ad hoc teaching in biomedical ethics. The questionnaire focused on the students' opinions on selected taught topics in biomedical ethics and law, and formal ethics education; their confi dence in relation to specifi c clinical ethical competencies; and their knowledge of selected taught topics in the fi rst-year syllabus. Results: The experimental cohort acquired more knowledge and confi dence. They rated more positively formal ethics teaching and assessment as a requirement of medical education. Attitudes were found to have been 'professionalised' within the experimental group, with signifi cantly greater receptiveness towards ethical codes of the profession and the regulatory role of the Singapore Medical Council. They were found to be more conservative with respect to legislative changes in healthcare. Conclusion: The pioneer biomedical ethics curriculum had signifi cant effects on the ethical development of fi rst-year medical students. Longitudinal research through further phases of the integrated curriculum is needed to identify learning issues that affect the consolidation of knowledge, confi dence and attitudes in medical ethics, law and professionalism.
Source Title: Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
ISSN: 03044602
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