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Graduate Program in Medical and Bioethics

Program Objectives:
Medical Ethics is the often considered to be the practical implementation of moral, common sense in the healthcare and caregiver professions. This type of approach is actually not medical ethics, but rather the unconsidered application of personal preconceptions and false judgement.

In contrast, the program aims to open participants up to methodical-critical reflection of medical action in regards to their ethical and moral boundaries. During the course, instructors and students will discuss general base-knowledge ethics in the context of a philosophical discipline. This knowledge will then be carried over and applied to concrete medical-ethical situations and issues. Topics of reflection include doctor-patient relationships as well as ethical questions at the beginning and end of life, and special questions in selected medical subject areas. Additional topics include pharmaceutical ethics, ethical questions as applied to care facilities, general care, emergency and intensive care medicine, research ethics and public health ethics.

An essential part of the program includes conveying practical applications of medical-ethical knowledge in every day work situations. Expert instructors are well versed in the most recent developments in the field. Course content will be taught in on-site classroom sessions and in-depth discussions will address practices and approaches in real world situations. Program graduates will possess a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between ethics and medicine.

The program is aimed in particular at:
a) medical doctors; as well as
b) prospective applicants involved in healthcare and medical services (including trained health and nursing professionals, medical-technical services, caregivers, medical engineers, lawyers, patient attorneys, pharmacists, midwives, medical assistants).

The program incorporates didactic teaching methods aimed to closely link theory with practical applications so that material learned during the program can be applied directly to real-world situations.

Admission Requirements
(1) Applicants to the post graduate degree program must have successfully completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Diploma degree program in law, a doctorate degree in medicine or an academic degree program considered equivalent and comparable.
(2) Preference will be given to more qualified applicants in the field with a higher level of experience. Upon recommendation of the program’s academic director, the Vice Rector of Teaching will make the final decision on admission.
(3) Depending on the number of enrolled students, exceptions for admission can be made for applicants who do not fulfill Sec. 1 of the requirements but can prove at least four years of professional work experience (taking into account unfinished academic studies and/or continual education courses brief in length) and who can present equivalent qualifications.
(4) In regards to those admitted to the program in compliance with Sec. 3, the proportion of students may not exceed 50% of the total number of program participants.
(5) A new program will begin when an economically relevant number of participants have enrolled. Students will be officially admitted to the program once the required number of students for the program has been attained.

Program: Post Graduate Program in Medical and Bioethics
Degree Awarded: Professional Master of Ethics (Medical Ethics) - PM.ME.
Length: 4 semesters

A new program is scheduled to begin on September 16, 2016.

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