How to answer ethical questions at your medical school interview
Medicine is about delivering health benefits to patients. Sometimes this means curing them of an illness. If they cannot be cured, it may entail trying to halt or slow the progression of a disease. In the end, it may mean providing the best possible end of life care. From outside, the role of doctors seems straightforward: they use their medical skills—and medical technology—to benefit their patients. The ability to do good for people is one of the attractions of a medical career: part of what makes it a vocation rather than just a job.
However, there are times when it is not clear what we mean by “doing good.” Not necessarily because we are unsure about the diagnosis, or of whether a proposed treatment will be effective, but because there are real doubts about what “good” means. Is withdrawing life sustaining treatment from a patient in a persistent vegetative state