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CETL Seminar: Stories and the Teaching of Ethics in Healthcare – Conceptual and Experiential Approach


Organized by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Speakers: Professor LC Chan and Dr Ada Lee,
Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, The LKS Faculty of Medicine
Date : 24th April (Thursday)
Time : 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building


In this seminar, the participants will be introduced to the concept of ‘narrative ethics’ in which ethical dilemmas are recognized and deliberated not just by considering ethical principles from various philosophical or religious traditions but analyzed through the narratives of patients and those involved in their care. There will also be an opportunity for participants to understand this at the experiential level through reading and analysis of a short piece of narrative. Participants will be invited to discuss whether narrative ethics offer a more authentic approach to enhance students’ understanding and analysis of ethical issues and whether we can cultivate greater awareness of ethical issues by writing our own stories. Funding support from the HKU Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme to Professor Chan for the development of this work is acknowledged.

About the Speakers:

Professor LC Chan is the MB Lee Professor in the Humanities and Medicine and Chair Professor, Department of Pathology. He has a special interest in curriculum development, problem based learning in medicine and general education, and mindful practice. He is a Co-director of the Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, LKS Faculty of Medicine and the Chairman of the Medical Humanities Planning Group responsible for developing and implementing a longitudinal and core medical humanities curriculum which was launched in 2012. He received a HKU Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA) in 2008; and an OTA Team Award in 2013.

Dr Ada Lee is Teaching Consultant of the Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit. She joined LKS Faculty of Medicine when the faculty newly introduced medical humanities (in addition to the pre-existing medical ethics) as part of the core curriculum for medical students. With an interdisciplinary background in philosophy, psychology and education, Dr Lee is involved in the teaching of medical ethics, curriculum development and facilitation of workshops in medical humanities.

For information on registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai , CETL
Phone: 3917 8996; Email: