By Professor Raanan Gillon
In 1983 I started a one week CPD course in medical ethics to introduce doctors to several different approaches to ethics (currently deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics, ‘the four principles approach’). The course considers a variety of problems in medical ethics including end of life issues, double effect, acts and omissions, killing vs allowing to die, paternalism versus respect for autonomy, truth-telling in medical practice, a session on ‘practical aspects of medical ethics’, fair distribution of resources, the relation of ethics and law, human rights and medical ethics. A half-day session is aimed at helping participants to understand opposing perspectives by means of an exercise in developing arguments explicitly opposing participants’ own viewpoints concerning cases that they have found troubling.
This April we completed our 12th annual course on post-tensioning design and construction. Over the years, the course has taken on its own legendary status and has become a highly sought after event by UK and international delegates. Consistently, engineers calling from over 10 countries participate in the course to learn about the basics of post-tensioning and sharpen their design skills. Many of the larger design offices have also made it standard practice to send new hires to the course. As lecturers, we have been very pleased with the logistical support we receive from the Center for Professional Development. Imperial College has proven to be a great venue and creates a collegial atmosphere among the delegates.
Law and Ethics in Paediatrics is a two day course looking at medical law and ethics as applied to paediatric practice. This important course will cover topics such as negligence, confidentiality, child protection, research, end of life care, organ donation, reporting of deaths and the Coronial process; delegates will get the opportunity to visit Westminster Coroner’s Court.
Course aims include enhancing the problem-solving skills necessary to solve practical problems in paediatric practice through debate and discussion and to provide familiarisation with the Coroner’s Court and the Coronial process.
The course is open to doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and students of medicine or law and has recently been added to the modules available on the MSc Paediatrics and Child Health programme offered at Imperial College London.
On Saturday the 15th of March 2015, we launched our ‘Introduction to Mobile Android Development’ course, right here at our South Kensington Campus. The course was directed and taught by Imperial alumna and Google Engineer, Aga Madurska. Here she gives an account of the day and what future attendees can expect when it’s next run:
“Design, Code, Test, Repeat! Saturday was a busy day – we ran our first course on Android development and introduced the participants to the basics of coding and building mobile apps. The main aim of the course was to make it clear that anyone, anywhere can create and publish an Android mobile application – it really isn’t that complicated and there are plenty of resources out there to help you.
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