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"God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them" Genesis 1:27
This is a three module series that focuses on common medical and ethical issues arising at the beginning of life, at the end of life, and in health care.
Module 1: Beginning of Life Issues
Session Topics: Human Dignity, Marriage, Sexuality, Contraception, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Questions of Personhood and Maternal Health During Pregnancy, Prenatal Testing & Diagnosis, Emergency Contraception, Egg Donation, Surrogacy and Adoption
Module 2: End of Life Issues
Session Topics: Dignity and Illness, Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, Advanced Directives & DNR (Do-Not-Resuscitate), Palliative Care, Methods of Determining Death, Nutrition & Hydration, Ordinary & Extraordinary Care, and Pain Management.
Module 3: Health Care Ethics & Experimentation
Session 1 Topics: Catholic Perspectives on the healthcare professional-patient relationship as partnership, ethical cooperation in a modern healthcare setting (case study on ethics of vaccine use), and principles of totality and integrity in determining ethical treatment (case study on sterilization).
Session 2 Topics: Stem cell and embryonic research, therapeutic vs. non-therapeutic experiments, and issues of consent and proxy consent.
Session 3 Topics: Ethical issues in organ donation, living vs. deceased donor gift, definitions of/determination of death, and assisted suicide: implications for organ donation.