Ethics in Medicine



This lesson is focused around a case study created by julia omarzu with the Department of Psychology at loras College in dubuque, iowa. The case study addresses the moral, ethical and medical issues surrounding the treatment for a young girl suffering from a rare genetic disorder called fanconi anemia. The case study is written as a scripted discussion between medical and biotech professionals in regards to the processes, risks and ethical concerns surrounding the use of genetic diagnosis, stem cells and in-vitro fertilization. Students will be asked to respond to the ethical issues from the perspective of one of the seven characters from the case study as well as given an opportunity to share their personal opinions..

Lesson Time

2 Class Period
55 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (4)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to properly identify and explain how biotechnology is used in medicine to address genetic disorders and address infertility.
  • Students will address how professional, institutional and personal ethics are challenged in regards to gentic manipulation and popular medical practices.

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