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,
In this interview, Michael Alexander, legal council for Drs Trozzi, Luchkiw, and Phillips, explains the importance of their CPSO hearing and its impact on health care across the country.
Dr. Eric Payne, a member of the CCCA’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee, has written an open letter in response
Dr. Rob Rennebohm examines the response to the COVID-19 crisis from the perspective of three Canadians who hold historic importance in the field of medicine.
Students share their experiences on campus, the ethical implications of these mandates and silencing of debate, and the impact on their education.
A community physician from Alberta, discusses the quality of the data used to justify mandates and questions the decision to dismiss early treatment/prevention options.
A number of concerned Canadian citizens groups, including the CCCA, have collaborated to write a proposed Safety Risk Statement on COVID-19 genetic vaccines.