Sunday, January 2, 2011

USMLE Medical Ethics test preparation guide

Book review: USMLE Medical Ethics test preparation guide by Conrad Risher, M.D. and Caterina Oneto, M.D.

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This book is intended to help medical students prepare for the to pass the MSLE™ Medical Ethics part of the standardized examinations required as part of their medical educations. It would be unfair to fault this good book for it not being the kind of scholarly work it is not intended to be. It contains insightful explanations of a variety of the ethical and legal situations physicians encounter. The chapters are devoted to the following topics.

  • Patient autonomy
  • Patient competence and the capacity to make decisions
  • Informed consent
  • Confidentiality and medical records
  • End-of-life Issues
  • Reproductive issues
  • Organ and tissue donation
  • Reportable illnesses
  • HIV-related issues
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Malpractice
  • Doctor/patient relationship
  • Doctor and society
  • Doctor/doctor relationship
  • Experimentation

Following the fifteen chapters the book concludes with 100 questions of the type likely to be included on the test. Following the entire set of sample questions are correct answers and meaningful explanations of why the correct answer is the correct answer.

While this book is not intended to include ethical and legal aspects of health care administration I believe it is well worth being read by people preparing to become healthcare administrators. The book is available from a variety of sources.

Note: I derive no revenue from this blog. This is not a commercial post. - bjn

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