THE FATE OF BIOETHICS IN MEDICAL EDUCATION OF CONTEMPORARY RUSSIA IS UNDER THREAT

Н. Н. Седова (Prof. Natalia Sedova)

Abstract


Teaching bioethics in medical universities in Russia is currently artificially restricted. This is due to the financial problems of universities. But solving them we provoke the appearance of distant negative consequences. They will be expressed in the ethical incompetence of future doctors to which patients are already complaining. In connection with the introduction of new biotechnologies into medical practice the role of the ethical expertise of their application sharply increases. The lack of bioethical training among university graduates will not allow to carry out this expertise qualitatively. This entails risks for both individual patients and the health care system as a whole. It is necessary to raise the status of bioethics as a compulsory discipline in the training of future doctors, create scientific and methodical support for the training courses in this discipline that is adequate to modern requirements, agree on model programs and organize the training of qualified teachers. The author proposes to hold a meeting of the heads of social and humanitarian disciplines of medical universities to discuss these and other similar problems of the humanitarian training of future doctors.

Key words: medical education, social and humanitarian disciplines, bioethics, exemplary programs, professional competences, social risks of dehumanization of medical education.


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