Bioethics & The Law Course Description - LAWN517

2 Credits

This interactive seminar addresses the most critical ethical issues in contemporary health care, with special focus on how current New York State health care laws grew out of value conflicts in clinical medicine, and how, and how well, those laws have resolved the issues. Major topics of discussion will include end-of-life treatment decisions, e.g., DNR orders, advance directives and physician-assisted suicide; truth-telling pro and con including doctors’ admitting mistakes, informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, malpractice, and decisions to ration care. Students will be expected to work as “hospital counsel” to develop and justify legal/ethical policies for medical practice. (No prerequisite.)

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