Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 574
  • March 20, 2019 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Seminar Series 2018-19

Ana Komparic, PhD Candidate, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
CĂ©cile Bensimon, PhD, Director, Ethics and Professional Affairs, Canadian Medical Association, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
Ross Upshur, MA, MD, MSc, Dalla Lana Chair in Clinical Public Health, Head, Division of Clinical Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Scientific Director, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, Associate Director, Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health Systems, Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

A code of ethics is an explicit articulation of the values to which a profession aspires and norms of conduct that are expected of professionals. The Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) Code of Ethics was introduced in 1868 and has since been revised 20 times to reflect professional, societal, and technological changes. Most recently, the CMA Code of Ethics and Professionalism was adopted in December 2018 following a three-year-long revision process in which the speakers were involved.

In this seminar, we discuss the history and nature of medical codes of ethics and provide insight into the latest revision of the CMA Code. Tracing the changes in the CMA Code over its 150-year history, we draw particular attention to the ways in which obligations to society and populations are articulated. We conclude with personal reflections on the process of revising a code of ethics and consider ways to reinvigorate and increase engagement with the ethical foundations of medicine.

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. It will also be webcast.