What Would You Do? Ethics in Dental School

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Ethics Shmethics
Michael Meru, DDS, MS, FACD
Top Rated Cosmetic Orthodontist
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Deceptive Advertising is the art of
making whole lies out of half truths.
-Edgar Shoaff
What is Ethics???
Ethics = Moral Philosophy
Moral Philosophy = principles
concerning the distinction between
right and wrong
THEN
Ethics = the distinction
between right and wrong
Profession
Means Affirmed by the Public
Dr. Masella added that, Professionalism is a
set of values, or overarching principles to
which a doctor is held.
We went from a trade to a profession in the early
50’s when we introduced fluoride, potentially
putting our trade out of business
Etiquette
the customary code of
polite behavior in
society or among
members of a particular
profession or group
Just because we’re capable of
reasoning, doesn’t mean we are
reasonable. –Alexander Hamilton
It’s beliefs and emotions that drive
most human behavior, not rational
thinking.
Scheduling Issues
Mother & Daughter Transfer
The BIG ?
Is it possible to teach
ethics to a dental
student?
Children don’t have the neurological
capacity for ethical reasoning.
Limbic system makes decisions, not
pre-frontal lobe. As we mature, we
learn to keep the prefrontal cortex
active, raising the activation of the
limbic system. We can learn to
activate the limbic system.
You can learn to keep prefrontal
cortex activated, while suppressing
the amygdalic part of the brain.
The strongest determinant
of behavior is what we
perceive to be the behavior
of our
peers.
Dentists who are ethical,
believe their peers are doing
the same.
And dentists who are unethical,
believe other dentists are doing
the same.
ETHICS IS
CONTAGEOUS, but so
is the reverse
Michael Charles Meru III, PS, GS,
JHS, HS, AA, BS, DDS, MS, FACD
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Ethics Violations
1) Blatant violation
2)Situational Breaches
3)Brainless Stupidity