Medical Ethics and Legality



Who should determine what is ethical? Who should determine what is really legal? If it is legal is it automatically ethical? If it is ethical is it automatically legal? Can ethical and legal standards be changed...

This lesson is intended to introduce the accepted norm of the basic concepts of these terms. However, I also intend to pull from the students THEIR beliefs, so that they are not afraid to challenge what they might be feeling. Often times in the field of medicine a person is asked to make difficult choices. Should a patient who is dying from an incurable horribly painful form of brain cancer be "assisted" to bring the end a little sooner for humanities sake....would that be wrong? would that be eithical? This is the time to get these young people to start forming ideas that they can live with, that they can defend. Not when the problem is staring them in the face. Decisions such as I just presented should never be made as a 'knee jerk' reaction I feel.

Lesson Time

1 classroom period
90 Minutes
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Industries / Subjects / Grades

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

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (5)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (12)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Medical ethics and confidentiality are two concepts that can be confusing for some students. One's ethic or cultural background or upbringing may influence one's view on what is ethical and what information should be kept confidential. But in a medical setting there are specific guidelines and laws that that must be followed closely. The activities presented in this lesson are designed to challenge the students beliefs and help them to understand their own views of ethics and confidentiality as well as what is appropriate in the typical health care facility.

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