Post Conference Workshops

Ethical dilemmas: A case study approach to engage the medical and biomedical students and early career researchers

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Presented by: Dr Sivasubramaniam SD
Head of Biomedical and Forensic Science, University of Derby, UK

Date: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 20 April 2020

Place: Gulf Medical University, Ajman

The workshop is FREE for ALL registered participants of the PAEB2020 Conference. To register email paeb2020@uowdubai.ac.ae. Registration Fee AED500/- inclusive of VAT applies.

Abstract

Many young doctors are getting involved in basic research and scholarly activities outside their usual territory of “clinical/patient-based medicine” involving in vitro/animal research, and data handling. Likewise, several basic scientists are carrying out in vivo medical research involving patients. Whilst there is a greater emphasis of incorporating ethical education to medical students, it is not clear whether the research scientists are being taught about ethics, ethical behaviour and the consequences on intentional or unintentional misconducts. Many medical schools and other institutions use traditional lecture-based delivery on ethical principles. Which are often seen as “boring” and not always linked to day-to-day practice. Teaching curriculum in many universities are fully “saturated” with course specific contents which often makes it difficult to incorporate ethical education into their delivery. Innovative types of learning strategies such as “case study-based delivery” are employed.

In this workshop, medical students and early career scientists will be presented with a variety of case studies highlighting the issues in biotechnology, clinical medicine, food technology, stem cell therapy, biomedical science etc. Students will then be grouped to discuss/debate each scenario. This will be followed by a plenary session, where each group will present their arguments for (or against) the scenarios they have analysed. Finally, the underlying principles linked to each scenario will be discussed. Although this approach is time consuming, it usually generates full attention and engagement amongst the students.

Similar sessions have successfully been delivered in institutions and conferences within Europe. The session is suited for students/graduates undertaking medical and/or biomedical career options.

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Teacher Training in Academic Integrity: Curriculum Strategies

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Presented by: Dr Sonja Bjelobaba
Associate Professor and Researcher Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics Uppsala University, Sweden

Date: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 22 April 2020

Place: British University in Dubai

The workshop is FREE for ALL registered participants of the PAEB2020 Conference. To register email paeb2020@uowdubai.ac.ae. Registration Fee AED500/- inclusive of VAT applies.

Abstract

More often than not, academic integrity as a discipline is defined by stating what it is not. Instead of focussing on what we want our students to do, we tell them that they should not cheat, plagiarise, collude, falsify or fabricate data, or engage in contract cheating. When defined in this way, academic integrity focusses on corrections of students’ behaviour, detection, and punishment, still generally managing to avoid explaining to students what we want them to do instead.

Academic integrity can, and should be, defined in other ways, as a set of positive values or an agreement with ethical and professional principles, standards and practices that involve the whole institution.

Such a change in the definition inevitably changes our teaching of academic integrity: instead of correcting students’ behaviour, different methods of the preventive and pedagogical promotion of academic integrity can be explored. In this workshop, I am going to discuss how academic integrity can be integrated in the curriculum and give examples of different preventive pedagogical practices.

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