Medical Ethics: A Natural Law Perspective


June 24-28, 2019
Duke University, North Carolina

This seminar invites students to examine the central ethical questions that arise in the everyday practice of medicine and to interpret those questions through a moral framework drawing from both natural law and medicine’s traditional orientation toward the patient’s health. This framework will be contrasted with principlism and consequentialism as participants consider what sort of practice medicine is, whether it has a rational end or goal, and how medicine contributes to human flourishing.

The seminar will consider common clinical ethical cases to examine perennial ethical concerns that arise in the practice of medicine, including: the nature of the clinician-patient relationship; the limits of medicine, the meaning of autonomy, the place of conscience in the physician’s work, the difference between an intended effect and a side effect, proportionality, human dignity, sexuality and reproduction, the beginning of life, disability, end-of-life care, and death. The purpose of the seminar is to equip participants with intellectual tools that can help physicians discern how to practice medicine well in the face of medicine’s clinical challenges and moral complexities.

Faculty
Christopher O. Tollefsen, University of South Carolina
Farr A. Curlin, MD, Duke University

Eligibility
This seminar is open to entering and current medical students as well as nursing students.

Additional Information and Application Instructions
For additional details, including application instructions, please visit this website.

Questions?
Email John Rose at john.rose@duke.edu.