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Teaching Medical Ethics and the Holocaust

(May 2016) In 2013, the Liaison Committee for Medical Education polled all medical schools in North America to find out how many require students to learn about the role of physicians in the Holocaust.
The answer: 22 of 140, a dispiriting number to some University of Colorado faculty members who had requested the question be included in the annual survey.
In a June 2015 letter to journal Academic Medicine, Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, director for the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities, William Silvers, MD, and Jeremy Lazarus, MD, wrote, “… it appears that the specific attention to arguably the most influential set of events in the history of professional ethics in medicine is required at only a fraction of U.S. and Canadian medical schools – and this despite a uniform requirement to teach ethics and professionalism.”
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