Clinical Ethics
Clinical Ethics

Clinical Ethics

by Mark Hughes, MD, MA, Michael Erdek, MD, MA
The study of clinical ethics analyzes the role of ethics within healthcare. Clinical ethics provide a common framework for clinicians. An ethical code of conduct is relevant in making moral decisions encountered in the clinic. There are several codes of conduct; a frequently cited medical code of conduct is the Hippocratic Oath.

The core principles of clinical ethics include autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, and justice. Every patient gives different value to these principles and clinicians should account for these preferences as they take care of patients. Additionally, clinicians must prioritize fair and moral decision-making that respects the cultural and religious norms of their patients.

Clinicians build a therapeutic relationship with patients that requires crossing boundaries that are typically not encountered in regular conversation. Excellent communication skills allow clinicians to both recognize and traverse these boundary crossings without difficulty. In addition to the patient-clinician relationship, each clinician operates within a team. It is vital to learn how to be a successful team member. Conflict may arise within a team. Therefore, it is also important to learn how to approach challenging situations within the workplace.

Healthcare is a fast-paced and high-pressure environment that requires a thorough understanding of ethical principles, strong communication skills, and the ability to work within a team. Clinicians should strive to provide ethical care in a professional manner while understanding basic legal tenets.

Course Details

  • Videos 116
  • Duration 10:57 h
  • Quiz questions 317
  • Concept Pages 16


Your Educators of course Clinical Ethics

 Mark Hughes, MD, MA

Mark Hughes, MD, MA

Dr. Mark Hughes Mark, MD, MA, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a core faculty member in the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Dr. Hughes received his MD from Stony Brook University in 1992 and his MA in philosophy (bioethics) from Georgetown University in 2003. He is the co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and Consultation Service. Dr. Hughes directs several courses in clinical ethics and research ethics in undergraduate and graduate medical education and continuing medical education.

Within Lecturio, Dr. Hughes teaches Medical Ethics.
 Michael Erdek, MD, MA

Michael Erdek, MD, MA

Dr. Michael Erdek is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine and the Director of Pain Medicine for the R.J. Zuckerberg Cancer Center at Northwell Health in New York.

Dr. Erdek received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and his MA in Moral Philosophy from St. Mary’s University in 2018. He trained in Surgery and in Anesthesiology prior to completing his subspecialty training in Pain Medicine and then Critical Care Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University. Being an Associate Professor at the Berman Institute of Bioethics for 5 years, he is particularly interested in the provision of palliative care and the ethics of the safe treatment of pain.

Within Lecturio, Dr. Erdek teaches Clinical Ethics.

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Assessing for Understanding and Shared Decision Making
By Asma H. on 25. December 2023 for Case: Determining Decision-making Capacity of a 38-year-old Woman with Abdominal Pain

This was a great case study. I appreciate the demonstration of informed and shared decision making, esp with a patient who is more vulnerable due to the IDD.

By Iman a. on 11. December 2023 for Informed Consent and Capacity

Very interesting and important topics presented clearly and concisely! I hope to see more medical ethics topics explored more in depth in the future because I this is a very critical but often overlooked and misunderstood topic.

By Iman a. on 10. September 2023 for Surrogate Decision Making and Family Meetings

A very important and insightful lecture series! I look forward to continued release of more medical ethics lessons!

perfect presentation
By Sergey S. on 01. July 2023 for Framework to Solve an Ethical Dilemma

Wonderful presentation with explaining in a simple way, very useful. Thank you, Dr. Hughes