Education in ethics has become an integral part of medical education.Medical educators and accrediting organizations have expanded the scope of ethics education guidelines, manifested in part by requirements that learners at all levels receive instruction addressing professional formation to prepare them for a lifelong commitment to professionalism in patient care, education, and research. A physician’s ability and willingness to act in accordance with accepted moral norms and values is one key component of professional behaviour; as a result, educational objectives relating to ethics are now often incorporated into broader goals for professionalism education (Joseph A. Carrese, 2015).
When keeping your ethics in mind while treating your patient it allows you to not only be a better physiotherapist but it allows you to become a better person. As a professional you need to learn to put some of your personal issues aside when treating a patient. This is a good thing as it can actually help you to learn new things. As a professional it is important to keep an open mind because if you do not do this you may end up missing something that could’ve changed your life. Many times as a student you are tired by the time the week is close to ending and some patients seem to have never-ending stories but it is important to treat each patient the same as you can learn something new everyday.
As a professional it is also important to remember to continue learning so it is your responsibility to stay up to date with all the latest changes in the medical field as the medical field is the one thing that continuously changes. In this way you can learn new and posibly easier techniques that you can use to treat your patients.
We, as students, can be grateful for the fact that we get taught ethics as part of our course as it allows us to become better professionals. We get taught what is expected from us and how to conduct ourselves in the workplace and outside our workplace. In this way the University and the physiotherapy department can have peace of mind by the end of our final year that they are actually sending professionals out there into the communities.
Joseph A. Carrese, M. M. (2015). The Essential Role of Medical Ethics Education in Achieving Professionalism: The Romanell Report. Academic Medicine, Vol. 90, 744-752.