What do I do now?
In the first of a new occasional series, Tomasine Kushner and David Thomasma guide us through a medical student's dilemma
Although there is a lot of literature on ethics, medical trainees do not think that they are being adequately prepared for the daily struggles they will face when they qualify. “What do I do now?” is a column devoted to breaking what, until now, has been a code of silence surrounding the most troubling issues faced by trainees at all levels as they try to balance learning medicine, performing procedures, and interacting with patients and colleagues.
We invite readers to submit their own dilemmas for possible presentation and discussion. In all cases scenarios are presented anonymously to prevent identification of individuals and institutions involved.
Thomasine Kushner, University of California, Berkeley, and David C Thomasma, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, are coeditors of the forthcoming book Ward Ethics, published by Cambridge University Press, from which some of the cases and commentaries in this column will be drawn.