Bioethics is the study of ethical issues emerging from advances in Biology, Medicine, and Technologies. It proposes the discussion about moral discernment in society and it is often related to medical policy and practice, but also to broader questions as environment and well-being.

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90 Days

Last Updated

February 15, 2023





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Duration: Self-paced - Instructor Assisted by ( Cathy Lively, ED

Credits: FL. Bar Pending | CLE CE Pending | 2 CEU IACET | 22 CME's

Required Text: Ronald Munson, ed. &  Ian Lague, Intervention, and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics, 10th Edition. (E-book Provided)

Bioethics' Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Bioethics are concerned with the ethical questions that arise in the relationships among Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Medicine, Politics, Law, Theology, and Philosophy. 

This course includes the study of values relating to primary care, other branches of medicine ("The Ethics of the Ordinary"), ethical education in science, animal, and environmental ethics.

Ethics also relate to many other sciences outside the realm of biological sciences and Bioethics is also claimed as a new ethic to answer complex questions of contemporary society.

What is covered (E-Book Provided):

I. Physicians, Patients, & Others: Roles & Responsibilities

  • Donald (Dax) Cowart Rejects Treatment
  • Austism and Vaccinations
  • Understanding Psychology

II. Research Ethics & Informed Consent

  • Abigail Alliance v. FDA
  • Jesse Gelsinger: "The First Gene" 
  • Medical Researches

III. Genetic Control

  • The CRISPR Revolution
  • Diseases and Gene's
  • Genetic Disease Predispositions

IV. Reproductive Control

  • Risks and Rewards of Donors
  • Surrogacy
  • Assisted Reproduction

V. Abortion

  • Roe v. Wade
  • State Abortion Laws
  • Statistical Profiles of Abortion

VI. The Dilemma of Impaired Infants

  • Understanding Down Syndrome and Other Diseases
  • Spina Bifida
  • Problems of Extreme Prematurity

VII. Euthanasia & Physician Assisted Death

  • Active v. Passive Euthanasia
  • Ethical Theories
  • The Killing--Letting Die Distinction

VIII. Organ Transplant & Scarce Medical Resources

  • The "God Commitee"
  • Transplants and Disability
  • Microallocation v. Macroallocation

IX. Distributing Health Care

  • The "Affordable Care Act"
  • Health Care Crisis'
  • Claim, Legal, and Statutory Rights

X. Medicine in a Pluralistic Society

  • The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Bad Blood, Bad Faith
  • Race, Porverty, and Disparity
  • Intersex Care

XI. The Challenges of Global Bioethics

  • "The Devils Experiment"
  • Pandemics
  • Relativism v. Pluralism

XII. Ethical Theories Moral Principles & Medical Decisions

  • Understanding Utilitarianism
  • "Kant's Ethics"
  • "Ross' Ethics"

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CATHY L. PURVIS LIVELY. ESQ. Practice Areas: Matrimonial and  Family Law including, Divorce (dissolution of marriage), Prenuptial Agreements, Modification, Child Custody, Child Support, Paternity, Domestic Violence, Family Mediation, Preparation of Simple Wills, Living Wills and Health Care Designation. Admitted to Practice: United State Supreme Court, United States District Court for Southern District of Florida Certifications: Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator; Qualified Parenting Coordinator.

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