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Please note that the course starting 2 July 2024 to 6 August 2024 has been re-scheduled to the following date:

Dates: 1 October 2024 to 29 October 2024
Venue: Online
Time: 18h00 to 19h30 (Online sessions via MS Teams every Tuesday)

Course fees R 2,500 per person
CPD points 6 Ethics

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Healthcare providers often need to make difficult ethical decisions, but sometimes do not have the tools needed to make those decisions.

This short course aims to equip participants with the skills they need to deal with the complexities of the healthcare environment – specifically those related to critical thinking and ethical reasoning.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to identify and critically analyse complex ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in healthcare, articulate and defend decisions to patients, colleagues, and other stakeholders and to navigate diverse viewpoints and foster open dialogues in healthcare settings.

The course is offered by UCT’s Ethics Lab and will consist of 5 x 90-minute sessions held online.

The sessions are comprised of a presentation by the facilitator, followed by interaction and discussion. All course material covered in each session will be made available to participants and additional resources will be provided. There is minimal preparation required for each session.

Entry requirements: Medical or allied healthcare professional degree, with biomedical ethics as an advantage.

The course is intended for healthcare professionals and senior health sciences students. Please note: Background/introductory knowledge of biomedical principles is a prerequisite as this is not an introductory course.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify and critically analyse complex ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in healthcare
  • Develop strong communication skills to articulate discussions and decisions in healthcare
  • Navigate diverse viewpoints and foster open dialogues in healthcare

Course content:

Session 1: Let’s have an argument: Introduction to critical thinking
Session 2: More arguing: Analysing and evaluating arguments
Session 3: What counts as ethics?: Identifying ethical dilemmas
Session 4: Ducks and Rabbits: Foundational moral theories and applications
Session 5: Dealing with Dilemmas

A Certificate of Completion and CPD points will be issued to participants who successfully complete the course.

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