Simulation: Teaching Medical Ethics to First Year Medical Students within the United Arab Emirates

HELEN HENDERSON, Ian Ballard, Laila Alsuwaidi, Rekha Thomas, Mutairu Ezimokhai

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In today’s healthcare world it is important to equip medical students with the knowledge, challenges and solutions to handle ethical dilemmas. Whilst there is no recommended format for how medical ethics should be taught it is recognized that students prefer a learner-centred approach. In a new medical college within the United Arab Emirates a simulation based medical education approach was adopted for first year, semester one medical students to support the taught theoretical underpinnings. Simulation scenarios which focused on the main ethical principles as well as the Islamic principles particularly in relation to the beginning and end of life were developed. Students were exposed to a variety of scenarios and were required to interact with standardized patients. Feedback from the students showed that 100% of them were in agreement that the simulation scenarios helped to support the theory taught in class. Simulation based medical education has the opportunity to enhance the undergraduate medical curriculum as well as to raise awareness of ethical dilemmas that students will face when qualified.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • simulation-based medical education, medical ethics, scenarios


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