Revista Habanera de Ciencias Médicas
versión On-line ISSN 1729-519X
LARREA FABRA, ME; GARCIA JARDON, ME y BLANCO BLANCO, E. Ethics values in medical education. General considerations and comparison of two different medical schools in different countries. Rev haban cienc méd [online]. 2011, vol.10, n.2, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1729-519X.
The development of human resources in medical profession relies on the most complete expression of medical ethics. It includes medical awareness, patients' confidence and the observance of clinical method. All of them are important portions of the social repercussion in every clinical case, either acute or chronic; including medical emergencies among them. Psychosocial aspects are also involved in clinical cases. The main objective of this article, is to assess the teaching of ethics, applied to the attention and action with patients during the medical studies; as well as to compare different situations faced by students and lecturers; which are modified and influenced by culture, economy and society. This paper focuses on the four main components of Cuban medical ethics and how do they project the teaching and training of future health workers. We comment on our humble experience on teaching ethical issues in medical studies, comparing two medical programs of two countries: Cuba and South Africa. The strength of our Cuban medicine is to educate following the principles according to our policy of health and Hippocrates' oath. Both are reflected in our country, as well as overseas, in other universities, where we contribute with the preparedness of future health workers. Social conditions modify personal and professional activities. As a result, patients' health may modify as well. This article also reflects general opinions of Cuban professors on undergraduate learning and ethical values in South African medical students.
Palabras llave : Ethics; bioethics; medical curriculum.