UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa) Activities of the Education Department

1. January 2014 – Development an open and transparent process for selecting members of the International Forum of Teachers of Ethics, Bioethics and Medical Law (IFT) in conformity with the decision of the Heads of Units of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, assembled in the Conference at Naples (2013).

The IFT is the body of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics for sustainable development and quality of bioethics education. The IFT has the mandate and duty to address the new challenges. The accepted members of the IFT are committed to working towards quality of teaching ethics, bioethics and medical law through analysis, research and debate and to promote the Declaration on bioethics principles and approaches.

2. January 2014 – February 2014 - Drafting an establishing document - Statutes of IFT, and distribution of that document among the Units.

Prof. Carmi, President of IFT, elaborated the Statutes of IFT and it was distributed for comments to the Heads of Units.

3. January 2014 – February 2014 - Heads of Units and the members of their Steering Committees are invited with a special letter of the President to become a part of the first group of the registered founding members of the Forum.

3. February 2014 – March 2014 - Drafting a certificate for membership of IFT

4. January 2014 – May 2014 - Collecting database for ascertaining the actual current state of ethical teaching – courses, seminars, etc., in the curriculum of all medical schools in the countries or geographical areas of affiliation of the New Units. Ongoing collection and collation of materials for the database of all Units.

Special attention is given to the following points:

Check list:

Presence /Absence

 Lead person(s) involved

 Scope/ contents (Syllabus); and level of teaching (undergraduate or postgraduate)

 Integration into the medical curriculum (phases)

 Facilities available for teaching – human and material

 Delivery mechanism

 Assessment

 Monitoring and Evaluation

 Ascertain the actual current state of medical law and ethics in the curriculum of all medical schools in their countries or geographical areas of affiliation of their Unit.

5. January 2014 – June 2014 – Development of a team for elaboration of a basic course on Bioethics and Health Law Curriculum Program for integration of the course into the curriculum of medical schools.

The main task of the team is to elaborate the structure and contents of an international program and course, combining health law and bioethics through ongoing process of exchanging ideas and thoughts between members of the Education Department and the Chair. 
The team should suggest mechanisms to make this workable – to specify the important topics of the UNESCO Declaration as a source for the course, the target audience /students, health care professionals/ and course level.

6. January 2014 – September 2014 - Ongoing response to Member Units for support in implementing new courses and seminars in their areas through facilitating exchange of experience and information of programs and projects.

Initiating and encouraging compilation, publication and translation of professional materials.

7. September 2014 – December 2014 - Development of a team for elaborating standards for evaluating bioethics training and working on the production of a guide on good teaching practice.


Prof. Sashka Popova, MD, PhD


Education Department