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Educación Médica Superior

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SALAS MAINEGRA, Arlene  y  SALAS PEREA, Ramón Syr. Bioethics in the Cuban higher medical education at present. Educ Med Super [online]. 2012, vol.26, n.3, pp.434-449. ISSN 0864-2141.

A historical account of the evolution of bioethics from the emergence of this discipline in the USA, devised by Van Rensselaer Potter- an oncologist at Wisconsin University-, through its further development in Latin America and in Cuba. The work of Professor Jose Alberto Mainetti, pioneer of this discipline in Argentina, was underlined. Reference was made to the Colombian Institute of Bioethical Studies, to the Colombian Association of Medical Faculties and to the Bulletin of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) entirely devoted to bioethics. Among the nations that have contributed to the bioethics development are Chile, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Cuba, the great tradition of the Medical Sciences University of Havana as former of highly competent professionals was stressed. Emphasis was made on the need of decisively supporting the strengthening of the national identity, the social commitment, love for the university, the strengthening of social ethical values and the construction of professional ethical values that manifest in a more responsible professional and citizen performance. Some reflections were presented on the present situation of the bioethical formation of the educator and the student in the medical university of Cuba. Its mission is to prepare professionals capable of guaranteeing the historical continuity of the Cuban health system. Additionally, the various dimensions of the pedagogic ethics of the professor in the Cuban higher medical education were characterized.

Palabras clave : bioethics; university ethics; educator; student; dimensions of pedagogic ethics.

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