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Module 1, Bioethics Concepts and Skills

Master 1.1: What Type of Question? Round 1—Ethical vs. Scientific Master 1.2: What Type of Question? Round 2—Ethical vs. Legal Master 1.3: What Type of Question? Round 3—Ethical Questions vs. Personal Preferences, Customs, or Habits Master 1.4: What Type of Question? Round 4—Multiple Types Master 1.5: What Type of Question? Round 5 —Student Answer Sheet Master 1.6: Oscar Pistorius—The Fastest Man with No Legs Master 1.7: Four Key Questions and Statement of Position and Justification Master 1.8: Carl’s Case Complete Module 1 Masters (225 KB)

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Module 2, Balancing Individual and Community Claims: Establishing State Vaccination Policies

Master 2.1: Get Kids Vaccinated or Else Master 2.2: Gathering the Facts—Vaccines Master 2.3: Station 1—Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Master 2.4: Station 2—Vaccine Risks Master 2.5: Station 3—The Measles Graph Master 2.6: Station 4—Exemptions Master 2.7: Key Questions Master 2.8: Community Immunity Data Sheet Master 2.9: Vaccination Status Cards Master 2.10: Community Immunity Reflection Master 2.11: Opting Out of a Vaccine—Variables to Consider Master 2.12: Vaccination Policies ContrastedMaster 2.13: Vaccination Policy Letter AssignmentComplete Module 2 Masters (377 KB)

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Module 3, Allocating Scarce Resources:
The Case of Organ Transplantation

Master 3.1: Historical Case 1—Allocating Insulin Master 3.2: Historical Case 2—Allocating PenicillinMaster 3.3: Historical Case 3—Allocating Dialysis MachinesMaster 3.4: Cards for Day 1, Activity 2Master 3.5: Liver and Liver-Transplant Fact SheetMaster 3.6: The Liver and Liver Transplants—Checking for UnderstandingMaster 3.7: Patient ProfilesMaster 3.8: Additional Patient InformationMaster 3.9: Identifying Allocation Criteria and the Relevant FactsMaster 3.10: The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)—Two PoliciesMaster 3.11: Comparing the Past and Current UNOS Policies Master 3.12: Final AssessmentComplete Module 3 Masters (277 KB)

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Module 4, Weighing Benefits and Harms:
Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing

Master 4.1: Should I Tell Chantal?Master 4.2: Alzheimer’s Disease and Genetic Testing—Relevant FactsMaster 4.3: Max’s Case—Thyroid Cancer, MEN II, and Genetic TestingMaster 4.4: Thyroid Cancer, MEN II, and Genetic Testing—Relevant FactsMaster 4.5: Genetic Testing—Key ConceptsMaster 4.6: Thyroid Cancer, MEN II, and Genetic Testing—Checking for UnderstandingMaster 4.7: What Impact Would Max’s Newly Discovered
Mutation Have on Him and Others?
Master 4.8: Thyroid Cancer and Genetic Testing—Harms and BenefitsMaster 4.9: Your Tentative ThoughtsMaster 4.10: Camilla’s Case—Colon Cancer and Genetic Testing Master 4.11: Extension (Optional)—About Retinitis PigmentosaComplete Module 4 Masters (335 KB)

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Module 5, Research Ethics: The Power
and Peril of Human Experimentation

Master 5.1: Asthma Study Recruitment FlyerMaster 5.2: Asthma Simulation OutcomesMaster 5.3: The Ellen Roche Case—Research with Healthy VolunteersMaster 5.4: Willowbrook Hepatitis Experiments Master 5.5: Willowbrook—Key QuestionsComplete Module 5 Masters (196 KB)

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Module 6, Modifying the Natural World:
Human Responsibilities toward Animals

Master 6.1: Alba’s CaseMaster 6.2: Contrasting Cases of Animal ModificationsMaster 6.3: Assessment of Ethical AcceptabilityMaster 6.4: Assessing Harms, Benefits, and Potential AlternativesMaster 6.5: Decision-Making-Continuum Terms and DefinitionsMaster 6.6: Final Assessment of Alba’s CaseComplete Module 6 Masters (422 KB)

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