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Innovative faculty development in Bioethics teaching

Symposium 11 Innovative faculty development in Bioethics teaching

Date: Monday 30th August
Time: 0700 - 0830 (UK time)
Stream: Room 1


  • Russell D’Souza, Director Department of Education UNESCO Chair in Bioethics University of HAIFA
  • Mary Mathew, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics University of Haifa, India
  • Madalena Patricio, Lisbon School of Medicine, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Daniella Keidar University of Haifa Israel

Summary: The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics was charged with introducing a modern curriculum and reformed evidence-based bioethics teaching methodology for Bioethics teaching in medical schools all over the world. The three domains of innovations included: 1) Modern vertically integrated bioethics curriculum 2) Reformed evidence-based bioethics teaching methodology 3) Incorporation of bioethics pedagogy into medical education. The  UNESCO chair developed and tested the modern integrated bioethics curriculum and the reformed evidence-based teaching methodology. The integrated curriculum included vertically integration of the bioethics principles in the various medical and health science subjects. The innovative interactive teaching methodology included the use of cinema, participatory theatre, and participatory visual methods (PVM), role-play, debates, tableaux, art, and case-based learning. This program incorporating the innovations was designed and applied. This included a sixteen-week weekly interactive webinar course conducted by trained faculty from the intercontinental program of the UNESCO Chair on the Principles of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights and how to teach bioethics followed by a three days face-to-face interactive program that ended with the faculty participating in a simulated teaching assessment. Data were collected prior to and after the webinar and face-face practical training. The statistical analysis indicated a significant increase in the participant's understanding of the topics (P<0.001); as evaluated by paired “t” tests in all the assessed topics. Cumulatively the results suggested the teaching methodology satisfied the objectives of the faculty development of bioethics teaching. 

This Symposium is important for Medical and Health Science faculty who will teach integrated bioethics in the competency-based curriculum. The reformed curriculum and evidence-informed teaching methodology will enhance outcomes in teaching of bioethics.

Who should participate:
Medical and Health Science Educators
Medical and Health Science Undergraduate Teachers
Medical and Health Science Postgraduate Teachers
Medical Education Administrators

What will they gain from participating:
Participants will learn of the reformed modern outcome-based Integrated Bioethics Curriculum
Participants will learn of the evidence-based teaching methodology in teaching Bioethics in the medical and health science curriculum
Participants will be aware of the difference in the teaching of bioethics medical humanity  with less scientific certainty to teaching medical science with greater scientific certainty

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