HEALING THE HEART OF MEDICINE: TRUSTING OUR MORAL COMPASS
The pandemic has been a challenge for each one of us in many ways, not the least of which revolves around the question: what behaviour is expected of individuals, as part of a collective, when facing a crisis?
Reflecting upon our actions with respect to their impact on others is the essence of ethics, and is an absolute necessity if we hope to live in a civilized society. How well has this been done during the pandemic? Have we focused sufficiently on the ethics of our various policies, recommendations or mandates? What can we learn about ourselves and our values going forward?
Our series ‘Healing the Heart of Medicine: Trusting Our Moral Compass’ attempts to explore those questions, because the process of doing so, and the insights gained, have far-reaching implications for each of us individually, and for our society as a whole, both now and in the years ahead. Thank you for joining us!
The CCCA Ethics and Law Committee
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What exactly is this ‘process’? Simply put, it has two elements: questioning or critiquing what we already think to be true, and then making guesses about how to explain the universe even better.
Imagine that you are offered a medical program, free of charge, that not only promises a lifespan of 200 years….There is no fine print in this offer; no hidden ‘catches’ to trip you up. Well, except for one.
How do we balance our individual autonomy with the roles we accept to perform in society?
In the event of a medical crisis affecting the health of the population at large, can our moral compass help us to answer this question: To what degree can a government supersede individual human rights, like bodily autonomy, and mandate an individual to accept an intervention to improve the health of that individual or their society?
HEALING THE HEART OF MEDICINE: TRUSTING OUR MORAL COMPASS Introductory Article New Series of articles from the CCCA Ethics and Law Committee Our COVID experience,
Dr. Joseph Ladapo is the Surgeon General of Florida. In Canada, we would refer to this level of Public Health
People who have chosen not to take the COVID-19 genetic vaccines have been labelled vaccine hesitant. One primary reason for their reluctance has been concerns about the products’ safety and efficacy.
Dr. Matthew Evans-Cockle has written an article about the ethical issues with discipline of BC physicians who have voiced their concerns regarding COVID-19 policies.
Science is the pursuit of knowledge. Scientists know that science evolves and is dynamic. However, it is becoming evident that many scientists accept data based on the source rather than the quality of the content.
Have you wondered what made society change so drastically over the past few years? What made people do things they never would have dreamed of before the COVID crisis?
The CCCA’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee have written an open letter regarding mandating COVID-19 genetic vaccines for healthy students.