Appendix L: Ethics in Medicine Curriculum

The Ethics in Medicine website is an educational resource designed for clinicians in training. The website is hosted and maintained by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The topics, cases, and resources covered here are intended to be used as a resource by the UWSOM community and to supplement or support other teaching and learning throughout the curriculum. It is not designed to answer patient-specific clinical, professional, legal, or ethical questions.

NOTE: The UW Dept. of Bioethics & Humanities is in the process of updating all Ethics in Medicine articles for attentiveness to the issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Advance Care Planning & Advance Directives
  • Breaking Bad News
  • Clinical Ethics and Law
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Confidentiality
  • Cross-Cultural Issues and Diverse Beliefs
  • Difficult Patient Encounters
  • Do Not Resuscitate during Anesthesia and Urgent Procedures
  • Do Not Resuscitate Orders
  • End-of-Life Issues
  • Ethics Committees and Consultation
  • Futility
  • Genetics
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Informed Consent
  • Interdisciplinary Team Issues
  • Maternal / Fetal Conflict
  • Mistakes
  • Neonatal ICU Issues
  • Pandemics
  • Parental Decision Making
  • Personal Beliefs
  • Physician Aid-in-Dying
  • Physician-Patient Relationship
  • Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Professionalism
  • Public Health Ethics
  • Research Ethics
  • Resource Allocation
  • Spirituality and Medicine
  • Student Issues
  • Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment
  • Treatment Refusal
  • Truth-telling and Withholding Information