Training Programs

Undergraduate Training Opportunities

Bioethics contributions to undergraduate training include Introductory Bioethics, LINK (transition unit from medical school to in-hospital training during the undergraduate career), lecturer and moderator of the Bioethics Interest Group.

Individualized electives may be available for interested undergraduates. Topics may include, but are not limited to: best interests decision-making, substitute decisions, capacity in youth, resource allocation, emerging issues in genethics and pediatric palliative care.

Postgraduate Training Program

There are no certified postgraduate programs at this time.

Additional Postgraduate Training

A two-year, six-part comprehensive pediatric bioethics curriculum is available for postgraduate training. The curriculum consists of:

  • Best interests / approaches to clinical pediatric ethics
  • Withdrawal of treatment / refusal of treatment
  • Demands for treatment / futility / resource allocation
  • Ability / disability: the geneticized society?
  • Parents / patients / privacy and the right to know
  • Issues at the end of life/transplantation 

Bioethics offers postgraduates three academic half days per year. Other activities include:

  • Divisional bioethics activities such as the annual city-wide endocrine fellows bioethics debate and pediatrics intensive care unit (PICU) fellows ethics case analyses 
  • Electives are available for interested postgraduate trainees. These are tailored to the specific clinical and research domains of the learner and his/her specialty and are an adjunct to preparation for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons examinations.

Clinical bioethics practica may be available for doctoral bioethics candidates and have been extended to students from McGill University, Queen’s University and Western University. In addition to core activities that include clinical ethics consults, research ethics and palliative care ethics, a personal education plan takes into account the interests, needs and skills of the learner.

Resources

Canadian Bioethics Society

Canadian Paediatric Society

Canadian Tri-council core skills tutorial for research ethics

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