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Professor Presents on Healthcare Ethics Education at the University of Oxford  

Bryan Pilkington 320 picBryan Pilkington, Ph.D. recently presented his work at the Oxford Global Health & Bioethics International Conference. His paper, "Reimagining Global Health Ethics Through New Education: Rethinking the Dominance of the Case-Based Approaches in Healthcare Training," argues for a new approach to healthcare ethics education.

"We cannot hope to improve health around the world without training healthcare practitioners to do so and to do so well," according to Pilkington. "Recognizing the impacts of climate change, internalized racism and sexism, food deserts, and a host of other factors that impact health is an important but insufficient step. We need to take these issues seriously in how we train future healthcare professionals."

This year's conference, "From Crisis to Wellbeing: Recognizing the Power and Potential of Global Health Ethics" brought together scholars from around the globe to discuss current and emerging issues in bioethics and global health. It was organized by the Global Infectious Disease Ethics (GLIDE) Collaborative, a partnership between the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute for Bioethics, and the Ethox Centre/Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities at the University of Oxford.

"It was an honor to present at the University of Oxford and to have the opportunity to learn from so many excellent scholars," said Pilkington. "Though these conversations are academic in nature, their practical focus and creativity give me hope that there will be responses to the health challenges facing so many across the globe."

Related work from Pilkington on the health professions education can be found in the recently published Applied Philosophy for Health Professions Education (Springer, 2022), where he authored two chapters focusing on ethics education in the health professions and on the role of dignity in health professions education.

Pilkington, whose research focuses on questions in bioethics, is an associate professor at Seton Hall’s School of Health and Medical Sciences. He also serves as an adjunct associate professor in the College of Nursing, an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Philosophy, as well as a professor of medical sciences at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Pilkington is creator and moderator of the COVID Ethics Series and the author of more than 25 peer-reviewed publications on ethics, bioethics and philosophy.

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