The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) is seeking feedback on its educational materials as a means of quantifying progress in response to its recommendations on improving and supporting bioethics education. The Bioethics Commission is interested in how the materials are being used to further bioethics education, what materials are most helpful, and suggestions for how they might be improved.
The Bioethics Commission advises the President on bioethical issues arising from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. Many of its reports incorporate the overarching theme, and include recommendations, about the need for improvement in bioethics education for scientific and medical professionals, among others.
The Bioethics Commission is committed to seeing its recommendations implemented. Providing easily accessible and free materials based on the Bioethics Commission’s own analysis is an effort to help meet these recommendations. Given the multidisciplinary nature of science and research, bioethics education should be available to a wide variety of disciplines at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.
To that end, the Bioethics Commission has developed novel educational materials to support bioethics education in many disciplines in traditional and nontraditional educational and professional settings. These include topic-based modules, Bioethics Commission report-specific materials, and datasets generated in the course of the Bioethics Commission’s work that support empirical bioethics education and scholarship. All Bioethics Commission educational materials are free and available for download from bioethics.gov/education.
If you have used the Bioethics Commission educational materials as a reference in preparation for teaching; as presentation material in a class or training course; as a resource for discussion questions, case studies, problem based learning scenarios, or exercises; as a source of data for teaching empirical research methods; or in another way, please share your experience, comments, and feedback by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Bioethics Commission educational modules, please join us for a webinar entitled “Multidisciplinary Implementation of Bioethics Commission Educational Materials” on Thursday April 24, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. EST.