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Classie learning – clinical adaptive student studies in ethics – Interactive online learning modules for learning about ethics in medical decision making

Last Updated: June 2, 2020


In the Best network series, there are 7 now contemporary best-practice online modules for learning medical ethics as it relates to clinical decision making. These are clinical scenario based and cover medical ethics content that is common and relevant to clinical decision making. These are high quality, interactive online tutorials with entry and exit quizzes to test knowledge of the learner.

 1. Is there an advance directive? Learning objectives: 
•    Advance care directives – their definition, ethical and legal framework, format, validity, and enforceability 
•    Do not resuscitate orders – their definition and ethical and legal framework 
•    Medical futility – the definition and ethical framework 
•    Euthanasia – the various definitions and past and present ethical and legal framework 

2. Has she been through enough? Ethical issues in advanced care planning: Learning objectives: 
•    Informed consent 
•    Determination of person responsible 
•    Guardianship 
•    Advanced care planning 

3. Consent and vulnerable persons - I don’t think I want my foot chopped off. Learning objectives: 
•    Capacity in medical decision making 
•    Assessment of capacity and ability to consent in psychiatric patients 
•    Medical issues and vulnerable patients 
•    Guardianship in relation to removing rights and compulsory treatment 
•    What if doctors disagree about the level of capacity? 

4. Consent and religious objection: Learning objectives: 
•    Religious objection to medical treatment 
•    Autonomy 
•    The mature minor and informed consent 
•    Consent in an emergency situation 
•    The difference between the Guardianship Act and guardianship of children 

5. Stereotyping, equity and social justice: Learning objectives: 
•    Acknowledging stereotyping that occurs in medicine and how to still provide ‘best practice’ medicine. 
•    Equity in dealing with patients with diverse cultural, ethic, religious, political backgrounds 
•    Managing difficult patient e.g. drug seeking behaviour, disengaged patients, psychiatric patients 

6. I need a transplant – Ethical issues and organ transplantation: Learning objectives: 
•    Current overview of organ shortage for transplantation in Australia 
•    Overview of transplantation waitlisting criteria and socio-economic bias 
•    Opt-in versus Opt-out systems 
•    Brain death 
•    Living related and altruistic organ donation 
•    Transplant tourism 

7. Truth Telling in Medicine: Learning objectives: 
•    Recognize the importance of telling the patient the truth about his/her medical condition 
•    Autonomy and how truth telling affects this 
•    Withholding information 
•    Consider when it is justifiable to withhold information from a patient/relative (on the basis of non-maleficence) 
•    Making decisions about giving relevant information to a patient or family by a medical student/doctor 
•    Analyse the doctor’s role when there is disagreement between the doctor’s view and the views of patient, guardians or relatives 
•    Communicating prognosis


Adrienne Torda, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, SFHEA, FHERDSA, UNSW Sydney (a.torda@unsw.edu.au)