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The Ethics Institute

Ethics Institute Happenings 

The Ethics Institute announces the opportunity for a non-stipendiary fellowship, for academic year 2014−2015.  Learn more>>

Spring M@Dness dispute resolution workshop sponsored by the Ethics Institute COSO group Mediation @ Dartmouth, April 27, 12:30-2:30, Haldeman 125. Join M@D and Professor White for a taste of dispute resolution techniques and practices, to garner future interest in the organization, and to increase awareness of the services we offer to campus.

19th Annual Pediatric Ethics Conference 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pediatric Grand Rounds:
"Informed Consent, Patient Assent, and Informed Permission"

Mark Mercurio MD

Time: 8:00 to 9:00 am
Location: DHMC Auditorium E

Dr. Mercurio is Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics and the Yale Pediatric Ethics Program, Professor of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine, and an attending neonatologist at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. 

Through research and dialogue on emerging ethical issues, the Ethics Institute serves the needs of the Dartmouth community as well as the larger academic community.


The Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics was established in 1982 by a group of faculty who recognized the primacy of ethics in a liberal arts education.  One of the founders, John Hennessey of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, wrote:

"Morality must be a persistent concern of all professions and all professional schools.  Indeed by definition one of the essential ingredients of a profession is the creation and use of an explicit set of ethics governing individual and collective behavior of the professionals in that field."

Those words, written in 1974, take on even greater significance today.  Considerations of ethics have existed within specific professions and within the curriculum of professional schools from their inception, but in recent years the complexity of this consideration has grown dramatically. Where the term "professional ethics" once signified little more than questions of personal etiquette, it has more recently come to involve pressing new questions of individual and group responsibility. The rapid pace of technological and social change in the fields of medicine, engineering, education, business and law have generated new social choices and responsibilities.






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