Teaching and Learning Medical Ethics: How to Bring Positive Change


  • Abu Sadat Mohammad Nurunnabi Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, OSD, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
  • Mahmud Javed Hasan Associate Professor & Head, Department of Nephrology, Community Based Medical College, Bangladesh, Winnerpar, Mymensingh-2200, Bangladesh
  • ASM Ruhul Quddus Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Community Based Medical College, Bangladesh, Winnerpar, Mymensingh-2200, Bangladesh
  • Md Tariqul Islam Khan Medical Officer, Department of Cardiology, Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, Mymensingh-2206, Bangladesh
  • Mohammad Tipu Sultan Medical Officer, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Saida Sharmin Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, International Medical College, Tongi, Gazipur-1711, Bangladesh
  • Md Mahfuzur Rahman Assistant Professor, Department of Neurotrauma Surgery, National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital, Dhaka- 1207, Bangladesh
  • Kaminee Kumar Tripura Assistant Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, President Abdul Hamid Medical College & Hospital, Kishoreganj-2300, Bangladesh
  • Sadia Nusrat Alamgir Junior Consultant (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh




Medical ethics, professionalism, teaching and learning, MBBS curriculum, medical education


Decision making in healthcare does not depend only on mastery of knowledge, clinical skills, and technical competencies, rather it is largely influenced by ethical competences of the physicians. Teaching medical ethics in undergraduate medical education (MBBS programme in Bangladesh) helps medical students recognize the importance of being sensitive to ethical issues within everyday clinical practice and develop in them the ability to effectively address the concerns of patients and families, as well as participants in health research and larger society. In medical practice, its ethical component is treated as an obligatory one, no matter what the specialty is. The importance of ethics in medicine is increasing greatly day by day; its dimensions are also changing. In this review paper, we have tried to discuss some effective changes in medical ethics curriculum, methods of teaching and learning, faculty development, and institutional culture. All stakeholders should think about it and take necessary actions into that direction, which will ultimately lead to building a more ethical, more patient-centred, more professional medical community in the country.

CBMJ 2022 July: vol. 11 no. 02 P: 167-175


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Nurunnabi, A. S. M. ., Hasan, M. J. ., Quddus, A. R. ., Khan, M. T. I. ., Sultan, M. T. ., Sharmin, S. ., Rahman, M. M. ., Tripura, K. K. ., & Alamgir, S. N. . (2022). Teaching and Learning Medical Ethics: How to Bring Positive Change. Community Based Medical Journal, 11(2), 167–175. https://doi.org/10.3329/cbmj.v11i2.61290



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