Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) hosted a regional teacher training course on ethics in collaboration with the UNESCO Office for the Gulf States and Yemen, UNESCO Beirut and the Qatar National Commission for UNESCO.

Twenty-five participants from Qatar and the region convened at WCM-Q for the four-day Regional Ethics Teacher Training Course,  designed to advance pedagogical capacity for ethics teaching and improve the quality of ethics education around the world. The course forms part of a multi-faceted capacity-building strategy designed to help UNESCO member states address ethical issues arising from rapid progress in medical and life sciences.

The programme was opened by Dr Ibrahim Bin Saleh Al Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Dr Khaled Machaca, WCM-Q Associate Dean for Research, and Dr Anna Paolini, Director of the UNESCO Doha office.

WCM-Q Regional Teacher Training Course

The course, which was jointly hosted by WCM-Q Division of Continuing Professional Development and Research Division, taught participants the principle methods and methodologies for teaching ethics, identified key learning resources, and provided assessment and feedback on the teaching skills of each participant, under the guidance of experienced teachers.

The course featured lectures, group work, individual demonstrations, and group discussions, led by trainers of the UNESCO bioethics team. Among the topics addressed were patient rights, privacy, confidentiality and informed consent; the UN Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights; dignity and ethics for professional educators; and bioethics teaching in the Arab World.

For more information about the event, visit qatar-weill.cornell.edu.