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What do medical students experience as moral problems during their obstetric and gynaecology clerkship?
  1. G Olthuis1,
  2. L Dukel2
  1. 1
    Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Department Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  2. 2
    Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  1. Dr G Olthuis, Council for Public Health and Health Care, Centre for Ethics and Health, PO Box 19404, 2500 CK, The Hague, The Netherlands; g.olthuis{at}


This article reports on moral problems that were raised by medical students as the basis for an ethical case-conference in an obstetrics and gynaecology clerkship. After introducing the issue of teaching clinical ethics, the method of our case-conference is explained. Next, the variety of topics and related moral problems are presented. The article continues with a discussion of three distinct and challenging aspects that characterise obstetrics and gynaecology as a domain for teaching clinical ethics. The conclusion puts forward three significant points our review raises.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

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