Reply To: How to approach ethical scenarios in a medical interview?

  • Ivan

    11 January 2024 at 13:19

    Ethical scenarios are commonly asked in both panel interviews and the MMI. The best way to approach an ethical scenario is by considering the four pillars of ethics. These include autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. Autonomy involves respecting the patient’s right to make decisions. Consider the competency of the patient. Is the patient able to understand, appreciate and rationalise a medical diagnosis? Is he or she able to communicate with the doctor? Beneficence means acting in the best interest of the patient while non- maleficence means not causing harm to the patient. Consider the pros and cons of a medical intervention as well as the consequences of not giving treatment. Justice is reflected by treating all equally and equitably.