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7 medical faculties agree on compulsory research ethics course

2021-09-16

Sweden's seven medical faculties in Sweden have agreed that their staff should take a course in research ethics. All new employees who do research or teach within the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy that are employed for at least a year will take a course in research ethics during their first year at Uppsala university.

Professors, senior lecturers and researchers within the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy will be offered the course. As will everyone who is about to become main supervisor to their first PhD student. In addition, staff at the University Hospital’s Centre for Clinical Research, other disciplinary domains, and those already employed at the university will be offered the opportunity to take the course.

Stefan Eriksson and Sonja Bjelobaba, both active at Uppsala University’s Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics, have developed the course materials within a project tasked to develop educations in research ethics that was conducted in 2020 on behalf of the Vice Chancellor. The project developed course modules targeting PhD students, students, supervisors, managers and administrative staff at Uppsala University. Using an innovative pedagogical model that combines web-based teaching with interactive elements where learning activities and seminars can be combined.  

“We have developed a flexible model based on general modules and subject-specific course elements. We have developed a series of modules that we update and develop further continuously. They can be used at basic and advanced level, as well as for supervisors’ training, but also for various needs-driven and tailored courses, or as part of a department day or research group meeting. To make them as useful as possible, our goal has been to produce modules that can be combined depending on need and focus,” says Sonja Bjelobaba, researcher and pedagogic developer within the project, and contact for the new obligatory course in research ethics.

Anna Holm