The literature on ethics education in the health professions affirms the importance of teaching, yet there is no consensus about how ethics should be taught, or even what should be taught. Our Campus-Wide Ethics Program and Quality Enhancement Plan are designed to overcome these concerns by coordinating the teaching of ethics across UTHealth.

Specific strategies for breaking down “the silo effect” include:

  • Providing faculty development for the teaching of ethics;
  • Creating online teaching materials, such as annotated bibliographies, for the teaching of ethics;
  • Developing university-wide online training modules in professionalism, clinical ethics, and research ethics;
  • Incorporating interprofessional ethics cases and teaching resources, such as scripts for standardized patients, into existing curricula; and
  • Promoting venues for interprofessional discussions of clinical and research ethics.

The plan is directed by Dr. Thomas Cole, Director of the McGovern Center, and coordinated by Dr. Nathan Carlin, Associate Professor of Medical Humanities.

Current and former faculty involved with this program represent all six schools:

  • Drs. Richard Bebermeyer and Catherine Flaitz (School of Dentistry);
  • Dr. William Seifert, Jr., Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences;
  • Dr. Eugene Boisaubin and Ms. Rebecca Lunstroth (Medical School);
  • Mr. Jonathan Ishee (School of Biomedical Informatics);
  • Drs. Joan Engebretson, Dorothy Otto, and Cathy Rozmus (School of Nursing); and
  • Drs. Cynthia Chappell and Stephen Linder (School of Public Health).