In 1993 the General Medical Council published Tomorrow's Doctors which changed the face of medical education in Britain. The report, which was responsible for the introduction special study modules, also dictated that the teaching of medical ethics and law should become a core part of the undergraduate curriculum. It advises that students should acquire knowledge and understanding of the ethical and legal issues relevant to the practice of medicine in order to enable them to consider such problems appropriately when reaching decisions.
It is clear to all of us that there is a need to tackle such issues and provide students with a means of addressing concerns. However, as most of you will know, ethics teaching in this country focuses on more traditional dilemmas. End of life issues, consent to treatment, and the Mental Health Act are all valid concerns but of little use to the student who is asked