The AAP Section on Bioethics and Committee on Bioethics have together responded to the need for bioethics educat​ion in pediatric training programs. We have developed a case-based modular curriculum designed to function as a how-to resource for residency and fellowship training programs. These instructor guides are aimed at assisting pediatric faculty in helping trainees develop basic competencies in bioethics.

Download the full curriculum including all 20 modules here:

The following individual modules review relevant resources and identify current debates important in the teaching of bioethics to medical trainees.

Title Page, Table of Contents, Acknowledgements and Introduction

Session 1. Ethics Education and Available Resources
Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH, FAAP

Session 2. Autonomy, Beneficence, and the Rights of Parents and Children
Christy Cummings, MD, FAAP and Mark R. Mercurio, MD, MA, FAAP

Session 3. Informed Consent and Assent in Clinical Pediatrics
Yoram Unguru, MD, MS, MA

Session 4. Minors as Decision Makers
Joel Frader, MD, MA, FAAP and Erin Flanagan, MD, FAAP

Session 5. Religious, Cultural, and Philosophical Objections to Care
Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH, FAAP

Session 6. Parent-Patient-Pediatrician Relationship: Obligations of Veracity, Fidelity, and Confidentiality
Mary B Adam, MD, PhD, FAAP

Session 7. Ethical Issues in the Care of Adolescents
Margaret R. Moon MD, MPH, FAAP

Session 8. Availability and Use of Pediatric Enhancements
Ferdinand D. Yates, Jr, MD, MA, FAAP

Session 9. Infectious Diseases​
Emily Obringer, MD, FAAP, and Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD, FAAP

Session 10. Malpractice and Disclosure of Errors
Sadath Sayeed, MD, JD and Robert Truog, MD, FAAP

Session 11. Iatrogenesis: Exploring Ethical Obligations​
Tomas Silber, MD, FAAP

Session 12. Critically Ill Newborns
Mark R. Mercurio, MD, MA, FAAP, and Alaina K. Pyle, MD, FAAP

Session 13. Maternal-Fetal Conflict
Susan F. Townsend, MD, FAAP

Session 14. Genetic and Genomic Testing and Screening of Children
Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD, FAAP

Session 15. Brain Death, Permanent Vegetative State, and Medical Futility​
Asdis Finnsdottir Wagner, DO, Julio Quezada, MD, and John Lantos, MD, FAAP

Session 16. Training Issues for Residents and Students, Part I: Ethical and Professional Conflicts in the Context of Valued Learning Opportunities
Alex Okun, MD, FAAP, and Waseem Hafeez, MBBS, FAAP

Session 17. Training Issues for Residents and Students, Part II: Ethical and Professional Conflicts that may arise when Trainees Question what they are told to do
Waseem Hafeez, MBBS, FAAP, and Alex Okun, MD, FAAP

Session 18. Conflict of Interest
David Y. Harari, MD, MSB and Robert C. Macauley MD, FAAP, FAAHPM

Session 19. Post-trial Obligations in International Health Research Ethics
Seema K. Shah, JD

Session 20. Institutional Pediatric Ethics Committees
D. Micah Hester, PhD​​​

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