Friday 22 April 2016

2.2: Doctors in the News

Character in the Professions: Medicine

Discussion Board Unit 2.2

Please use these discussion boards to interact with your fellow learners. The discussion boards provide a unique opportunity for learners to debate ideas and thoughts generated by the ‘Character in the Professions: Medicine’ course and reflect on the application of theory discussed in your professional lives.

Are doctors required to be virtuous all of the time?
Can one be a virtuous doctor if one is not a virtuous person?
Can one be a virtuous person if one is not a virtuous doctor?

Unit 2.2 investigates ‘Doctors in the News’. Activity 4 asks you to refer back to the examples presented in Activity 1. Select one of the 10 examples where the doctor(s) have behaved virtuously. Which qualities of character has the doctor shown?

Do you think that all doctors should routinely behave in these ways?

Is it possible to be a virtuous medical professional and not be a virtuous person? If so, why? If not, why not?

Activity 5 focuses on cases 1-6 from Activity 1. Having reviewed the cases as if they were journalist pieces commenting on an absence of virtue in each scenario, consider the following questions:

  1. What impact may each report have on the notion of virtue in the medical profession among members of the general public?
  2. Do cases 8-10 provide a counterbalance to the examples of vice in the profession, or are they simply examples of "good people" rather than "good doctors"?
Please post your comments below and join the discussion.

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