Bioethics provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of our actions, how we interact with patients, their family members, what our core values are and what we should do when values conflict.
Bioethical deliberations make a real and immediate difference to the lives of patients, to the culture of our healthcare institutions, and to healthcare policies within our society.
The analysis of ethical questions is fundamental to the work of bioethics. Students interested in developing an expertise in bioethics should consider some formal training in moral philosophy.
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