Scotland and Northern Ireland

Scotland and Northern Ireland regional group

The Scotland and Northern Ireland regional group of ethics and law leads is made up of representatives from the following medical schools:

  • Aberdeen
  • Belfast
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • St Andrews

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About the group's work

In Scotland the five medical schools, under the aegis of the Scottish Deans’ Medical Education Group, have an established ethics community formed antecedently under their own polity, with members consisting of the curriculum theme leaders from Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews. In conjunction with colleagues from Belfast, this group also functions within the IME as the Scotland and Northern Ireland Group.

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About the group members

Glasgow - Dr Al Dowie

I am the Senior University Teacher and curriculum theme leader in Medical Ethics and Law at the University of Glasgow. For me ethics denotes, above all, sets of practices that are allied to cognition and affect, and subject to criteria of acceptability within a civil society. I'm interested in how these phenomena find contemporary expression in the ethics of medical professionalism, and this begins with the undergraduate medical education of our students. In Glasgow medical school, much of the learning in ethics and law takes place within contexts of professional learning, and my current research centres on students' acquisition of professional identity in clinical settings.

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Edinburgh -

Professor Kenneth Boyd

Areas of interest: Medical & life sciences ethics, and medical humanities, especially history.

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Dr David Obree

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Dr Katherine Strachan

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Aberdeen - Dr Gordon Linklater

I am a consultant in Palliative Medicine in NHS Grampian and Medical Ethics and Law lead at the University of Aberdeen medical school, so I am a clinician with an interest in ethics. Our main work over the past couple of years has been developing a new ethics and law course within the year 2 core systems' teaching. Embedding ethics and law teaching and awareness within the later clinical blocks will be our next challenge.

Areas of interest: Medical Education, End-of-life decision making.

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Dundee - Dr Dita Wickins-Drazilova

I am the lead of ethics teaching at Dundee Medical School, also coordinating interdisciplinary learning in ethics across all the three schools of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. In addition to these, I contribute to teaching in Global Health, particularly on issues of global heath ethics as well as global public health initiatives.

My background is in social sciences and philosophy, and my university education was at Charles University, Prague and Masaryk University, Brno (both in the Czech Republic) and at Colorado State University, USA. I hold a PhD in Ethics.

As well as teaching and producing courses in ethics at Masaryk University, I have previously taught and conducted research at various UK universities including the University of Warwick, Lancaster University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Birmingham. My teaching and research interests are in various areas of ethics, particularly ethics applied to healthcare (medical ethics and clinical ethics), research ethics, ethics of biotechnology as well as animal and environmental ethics.

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St Andrews - Dr Morven Shearer

Areas of interest: Issues raised by new reproductive technologies, pharmaceuticals, global health inequalities, public health policy, children and health care.

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