A Primer for Students
You can survive and flourish spiritually during medical or dental training – BUT, you can’t do it alone. Medical and dental ethics are about “doing the right thing.” Sounds simple, but it’s not. Most medical and dental schools include the study of ethical issues in their curriculum because of the recognition that modern healthcare generates lots of “should we?” questions. However, the healing professions have become thoroughly secularized in the past few generations and students of all ages, in all of the healing professions, need a sound Christian foundational understanding of how to answer such questions. This book is written to help Christian medical and dental students as they begin to struggle with what is right and wrong in healthcare.
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Robert D. Orr, M.D., C.M., & Fred Chay, DMin, PhD
Dr. Robert Orr received his M.D.,C.M. from McGill University in 1966, did residency training in family medicine, and practiced in Vermont for 18 years (named Vermont Family Doctor of the Year in 1989). Since completing a fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the University of Chicago (1989-90), he has held professorships at Loma Linda University School of Medicine (CA), University of Vermont College of Medicine, Trinity International University (IL), and the Graduate College of Union University (NY). He continues to teach in two other graduate programs. He has lectured widely, has authored, co-authored or co-edited 5 books, 16 book chapters, and over 150 articles on ethics, ethics consultation and end-of-life care. His most recent book is Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor (Eerdmans, 2009). He has been an active CMDA member for nearly 50 years and currently serves on the Board of Trustees.