Communication and Case-Based Ethics: Issues in Medical Training and Practice David H. Smith and Willard Harris
Dr. Wilson was, like all chief residents, chosen largely because of the thoroughness of her medical knowledge. She was respected by her fellow residents, and her role as chief among them was well accepted. When Dr. Lopez-Jacobi approached her with the idea of a small study group on ethics, she was surprisingly eager. "You know, we see these cases all the time where more than just medical judgment is involved. The house staff thinks it does a pretty good job, I'm sure, but I know there is often frustration and worry. Relations with family members are often particularly difficult at those times. I think there is interest in knowing more about how to put ethics into practice. If it's OK with you, I'd like to be part of that group. I can think of seven or eight residents we might approach."