Ethics medical programs all over the world. However,

Ethics is an understanding of the nature of conflicts arising from
moral imperatives and how best we may deal with them. Specifically, it deals
with conflicts in potential outcome (consequences of actions) or with duties
and obligations. Ethics doesn’t decide what is morally right or wrong; rather
it considers how we should act best in the light of our duties and obligations
as moral agents. Health ethics is the interdisciplinary field of study and
practice that seeks specifically to understand the values undergirding
decisions and actions in health care, health research and health policy, and to
provide guidance for action when these values conflict. It is distinguishable
from the narrower medical ethics, which is concerned with ethical issues that
arise in the clinical context related to the care of specific patients, as well
as the broader bioethics, which refers to ethical issues arising from the
creation and maintenance of the health of all living things 1,2.

Medical ethics has been included in the curricula of many
undergraduate and graduate medical programs all over the world. However, fewer
studies have been done to evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum content on
medical practice and physician-patient relationship 3-5. Studies suggest that;
integration of medical ethics education in these curricula, can lead to
significant improvement in the knowledge and confidence of tomorrows’
physicians in handling ethical dilemmas by providing them with essential skills
to analyze and resolve these dilemmas. Further development of medical ethics
education is needed to achieve the ultimate goal of shaping and supporting the
positive professional growth of physicians and improving delivery of health
care to patients, but in order to achieve this goal, medical ethics education
should be directed at practical real-world dilemmas and ethically important
professional developmental issues by physicians-in-training 6-13.

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The four basic principles (autonomy, beneficence, justice and
nonmaleficence) which were included in Hippocratic Oath 400 BCE form the moral
ground of clinical practice. Future physicians must learn and abide these
principles as early as possible in their career 14-18. That’s why this study
is important; to identify baseline knowledge, attitudes and practices of
medical residents, and to sensitize them about issues and challenges facing
them which may threaten their relationship with patients and may lead to
suboptimal delivery of clinical services. To our knowledge; this is the first
study done in Islamic hospital, Jordan to assess degree of commitment of medical
residents to ethical principles. Several studies were reviewed, and unethical
practices and low level of knowledge were observed by medical residents 19-30.  


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