The Dissection of Medical Dramas was a fun and interactive workshop that used role-play and popular television medical dramas, such as Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago MED and Scrubs to identify and discuss ethical issues that arise in the medical context. It aimed to enhance the audience’s understanding of the issues.
The workshop covered various issues, such as:
- The four governing principles in medical ethics
- Explicit and implied consent
- Consent and refusal of consent
- Informed and valid consent
- Rights of refusal in relation to competent adult patients
- Rights of refusal in relation to women in late pregnancy
- Limits to autonomy in pregnant women
- Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) Orders
- Advance Directives/Decisions
- Mature Minors and Gillick Competency
- Parental refusal
- Best Interests
- Mental Capacity
The audience members were very engaged during the discussion of these matters and raised some extremely relevant and interesting questions, allowing for reflection and consideration of some controversial, topical and emotive issues. Most audience members participated and we had some illuminating discussions as a result of the questions raised by the audience members. This was extremely rewarding and added to the overall value of the experience.
The feedback we received from the audience on our event was very positive. All of the audience members who provided feedback said that they would recommend the event to others and that they learnt something new. Almost all of them said that they found the event to be very useful. Upon reflection of the event, we felt like we would need to better manage our time should we run our event again in the future as we were unable to cover the role-play segment on the day. We had an unexpected, yet welcome, enthusiastic and highly engaged audience that raised several questions and issues after each clip. It was more important to have audience engagement than cover everything we had planned, however, in future we aim to better prepare for this so the audience gets to experience both segments, while ensuring that they can still be actively engaged.
Furthermore, the event might have benefited from a different room as the lighting, which would not turn off, reduced the quality of the images and video clips we showed. The room boasted terrific views of the coast line and the Firth of Forth, but unfortunately the window blinds had to be drawn. Another feature that could be considered should we run the event in the future would be acquiring a smaller, more intimate space as this one was quite big, making the number of audience members look smaller. Some people mentioned that the room itself was not the easiest to find and possibly a more easily accessible room would increase numbers.
This experience has nevertheless been amazing and certainly highly rewarding. The event has had a great impact as shown by the positive feedback we received and we have also been approached by members of staff to discuss our event with the purpose of sharing it with others.
Zahra Jaffer and Lynn Kennedy