In this activity, the students will work in small groups to explore the basics of biomedical ethics. This activity has multiple components. The students will follow the step-by-step instructions to work through the activity. This is a no-prep activity for the teacher. All of the directions and simple and easy to follow. (I have used this activity on days when I needed a substitute teacher and it was perfect).
1. Break into groups and complete a for the Nightingale Pledge versus the Hippocratic Oath. Analyze the two different codes of ethics and identify similarities and differences.
2. Complete the for each code reviewed.
3. Complete the worksheet.
4. Complete the five Scenarios. (Can also be done as a group.)
Needing an Organ
Jerome is a wealthy father of four young children who works as a pediatrician at the local clinic. He falls seriously ill, and while in the hospital he is told that unless he receives a new kidney within the next few weeks, he will likely die. His entire family is tested to see if they can donate a kidney, but no one is a good match. Jerome is placed on the kidney transplant list. But time is running out, and there isn’t a good chance that he will get the kidney he needs since there are many people in his situation who need kidneys, too. Jerome’s wife, Marilyn, desperate to save her husband’s life, learns that there are other ways to get a matching kidney. She can offer a small amount of money to people in certain poor countries who are willing to take a test to see if they are a match for Jerome. Once Marilyn finds a match, she can pay that person to donate a kidney. A person can live normally with just one kidney. Jerome’s family can offer enough money to give a donor a comfortable life in his home country. The surgery to remove a healthy kidney for donation is painful and sometimes recovery is difficult.
5. In small groups, such as the right to die, abortion, cloning, organ transplantation, etc. Include the ethical and legal ramifications of each. Some of the issues could be legal, but not ethical and vice versa.
I uploaded this file as a word document, so feel free to edit it to best suit the needs of your students. This activity usually takes several days to complete and leads to some really profound classroom discussion.