Using portfolio as a tool for teaching ethics in an MD course

Dr. Zarrin S Siddiqui1,

1 The University of Western Australia, M515, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley 6009,

A longitudinal e-portfolio has been introduced in the new 4-year MD program at the University of Western Australia. The e-portfolio is structured around six curricular themes where students are assessed at various points during the course. A number of activities have been designed around the ethics component of the curriculum. This presentation will focus on the teaching and assessment of Ethics within the Portfolio and how it has evolved during the course of last three years


Dr. Zarrin S Siddiqui PhD, MCPS (Psychiatry), MBBS joined the University of Western Australia in 2005 and has been involved in assessment and faculty development. She is a supervisor of postgraduate students and is also a visiting faculty at many institutions in Pakistan. Currently her role includes planning, development and implementation of a longitudinal portfolio in MD course. In the other hat she wears, she is actively involved in the research around migration and ethnic communities.

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The Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) was formed in 2009.

It encourages open discussion and debate on a range of bioethical issues, providing a place where people can ask difficult questions about ideas and practices associated with health and illness, biomedical research and human values.

The AABHL seeks to foster a distinctive Australasian voice in bioethics, and provide opportunities for international engagement through its membership, journal and conferences.

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