The Essentials of Medical Ethics

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Hello and welcome to the Essentials of Medical Ethics Course, made to help you prepare for your medical school interviews. Over the last 6 years, theMSAG team have guided over 1000 students to get into the career of their dreams. Out of the students who attended our course last year, 98% have received a place at medical school. Our team have worked to create this e-learning resource for you. We’ve used all of our knowledge that we've developed in our physical course. Each video is around 20 minutes long. You can start as early as you want. You can learn at your own pace. Feel free to set your own goals to achieve success at your interview.

What to expect

The Essentials of Medical Ethics

  • Professionally filmed for a better learning experience
  • Hours of interactive footage featuring high-quality videos ~20 minutes long
  • Created by real doctors and interview experts with over 15 years of experience
  • Start as early as you want and learn at your own pace
  • Fully mobile and tablet responsive, so you can access the videos from anywhere.
  • Set your own goals along to way

Course curriculum

  • 01
    An Overview of TheMSAG Ethics Bundle
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    • How to approach our online courses
  • 02
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    • The Ethical Pillar of Autonomy & in-depth analysis of the Hippocratic Oath
    • Case report: Slater vs Baker and Stapleton (1767)
    • What do we mean by a patient's autonomy?
    • Factors influencing a patient's autonomy
    • Jehovah's Witnesses
    • When does Autonomy become a moral dilemma?
    • Case report: T vs Court of Appeal (1993)
  • 03
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    • The Ethical Pillar of Beneficence
    • Beneficence & Jehovah's Witnesses
    • Would you transfuse a Jehovah's Witness?
    • The history of Beneficence
    • Physician-assisted suicide: Harmful or Beneficent?
    • Is it harmful or beneficial to help a competent patient who has requested hastened death?
    • Social Beneficence: Organ Donation
    • Conclusion
  • 04
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    • The Ethical Pillar of Non-Maleficence
    • Non-Maleficence & Beneficence: The Weighing Scale
    • Case report: Mr Bolam & Clinical Negligence
    • Case report: Patrick Bolitho (1996)
    • The Principal of Medical Futility & The Trisomy 18 Disorder
    • Other scenarios and conclusion
  • 05
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    • The Ethical Pillar of Justice
    • Deciphering Justice: The Clinical Angle
    • Factors influencing the same level of care
    • Unequal access to healthcare for unequal patients
    • Allocation of resources at a population level
    • Can we refuse to perform cardiac surgery on a smoker?
  • 06
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    • The 3Cs: Confidentiality
    • The Origins of Confidentiality & the Hippocratic Oath
    • The impact of breaching confidentiality
    • The Data Protection Act (1998)
    • Confidentiality: It's importance on the doctor-patient relationship
    • When can confidentiality be breached?
    • Case report: Dr. Robert Browne vs The General Medical Council (1971)
    • Case report: Prosenjit Poddar (1967)
  • 07
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    • The 3Cs: Capacity
    • The Mental Capacity Act (2005)
    • Assessing patients' capacity
    • Define: Power of Attorney
    • The case that led to the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
    • Further cases related to the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
    • Capacity: Children's perspective
  • 08
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    • The 3Cs: Consent
    • How can we take Consent?
    • Case report: Nadine Montgomery
    • Conclusion
  • 09
    Abortion and pregnancy
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    • Introduction
    • The Pro Choice Argument
    • Does an unborn foetus have the right to Autonomy?
    • Case report: Roe vs Wade (1973), a game changer
    • Non-Maleficence and Beneficence in Abortion
    • The Abortion Act (1976) & global perspective
    • Justice in Abortion
    • Should fathers have a say in Abortions?
  • 10
    Assisted Reproduction
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    • Introduction
    • Assisted Reproduction: Arguments in favour
    • Assisted Reproduction: Arguments against
    • The History of Assisted Reproduction
    • Should donor eggs or sperm be used?
    • Conclusion

Our guarantee

We value your learning experience

  • Essential content

    We have separated the videos into important topics that we feel are fundamental to interview success. We begin by teaching you how to structure your answers. We go through the common types of interview questions that you may come across.

  • Interactive features

    Being interactive is the key to our teaching success! So, you will find our team members asking you questions and asking you to pause the video. We may ask you to write something down. Or we may recommend that you look up some extra info to enhance your learning.

  • Track your progress

    As you go through the course, you will be able to keep an eye on your progress. Extra quizzes and info will become available for you to put your knowledge into practice.

Course overview

Sample ethical questions for the medical school interview

If you have attended work experience, you will know that doctors come across ethical scenarios regularly. They may have to tell a patient that they are terminally ill or be asked about assisted suicide. Even for senior doctors, these conversations can be tricky to deal with. This is why medical schools ask questions relating to ethics at interview. They want to see if students who wish to pursue medicine have good knowledge of ethics.

This series of our online interview course tackles ethical issues that you may come across. We discuss the four pillars of ethics and the 3 Cs in detail. We delve into the history behind these topics. We highlight the key legal cases and discuss factors related to them. You can then watch us carry out mock interviews. 

Our team will refer to examples that are commonly asked medical school interview questions. These ethics questions often require you to present a balanced argument and come to an informed conclusion. Within each topic, we will pose sample questions. For example, how can we take consent? This will be followed by a sample answer. Our hope is that our answer guides your preparation for these commonly asked questions. You should feel more confident with structuring your answer and delivering under pressure.

Message from Dr Dibah Jiva

CEO & Found of The Medical School Application Guide

Over the last 11 years, I have successfully guided students to become the doctors of tomorrow.

Based on my experience, I created theMSAG interview course. It has been running across the UK for the last 6 years. Last year, we had a 98% success rate among our interview applicants getting into medical school. My team of MSAG guides have taken the best of this content from the course. We have then distilled it into this fantastic e-learning resource.

Students do so much hard work to attend open days and get excellent work experience. But when I speak to admissions tutors, they tell us that students don’t deliver strong answers at interview. We find that this comes down to not knowing how to answer medical school interview questions. They have not received good advice on medical ethics, communication skills or duties of a good doctor. They may spend time on an interview question bank but don’t know how to deliver answers in a medicine interview.

So, I urge you to follow the advice of our guides in order to get the most out of the videos. It may be help on ethical scenarios or maintaining eye contact in role plays. Remember, that your questions will never be left unanswered, we are here to support you by answering your questions too. Please feel free to send us an email and we will always get back to you promptly. If you feel as though you would like further support, check out our website for all that we can offer you. 

So, I think it’s about time to let you crack on with some videos. We appreciate that your journey towards a career in Medicine can be tough and lengthy. Don’t despair! Remember to continue working hard and staying committed. theMSAG will be available to guide you through the process.

As a doctor, it is my pleasure to help welcome new students into this rewarding career. I hope that you will enjoy watching this video series. I wish you the very best of luck on your journey!

Meet the team

Medical school admissions experts

TheMSAG has 11 years of experience in medical education & wrote the book on medical school admissions. We’ve helped thousands of students over the past 6 years. Several of our Online Interview Course scriptwriters have sat on interview panels at lots of medical schools across the UK.

Dr Rony Sanyal is the Online Interview Course Manager at theMSAG. He is currently a GP trainee. He works in the city of Birmingham. He sat on the interview panel for MMI stations at the University of Nottingham.

Dr Kate Drewek, our Interview Course Manager, is a paeds trainee working in London. For 2 years, she has led our successful interview courses across London, Birmingham and Manchester. She is a trained MMI interview for St George's University.

Dr Paul Grant is a Health Technology Consultant and Medical Educationalist and works at Brighton and Sussex medical school. He is one of our guides at interview courses and MMI circuits. He has carried out interviews for doctors and medical students at all career stages.

Dr Hannah Pierce is an expert in Medical Education having completed a masters degree in this topic area at Keele University. She is currently a clinical teaching fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is one of the leads at theMSAG interview courses.

Dr Ashish Mandavia is the Products and Services Director of theMSAG. Having trained at Bristol Medical School, he sat on the interview panel at the University of Bristol for 2 years. He has completed his foundation training in hospitals across London. 

Dr Hrush Vyas is a F2 doctor in Birmingham with a clinical interest in Anaesthetics. Having trained at the University of Birmingham, he sat on the interview panel at the same university. He is one of the leads at theMSAG interview courses.

Mr Jasen Soopramanien is one of the Personal Statement managers at theMSAG. He is a fourth-year student studying Medicine at King's College London. He has 2 years of experience as one of the guides on our interview course.

Miss Manushri Jain is a final year  student at the University of Birmingham. She is one of the Personal Statement managers at theMSAG. She has 2 years of experience as one of the guides on our interview courses.

Mr Graeme Larkin is a senior policy advisor in medical education for the British Medical Association. He is an experienced MSAG guide on our interview courses and our in-house expert on the latest updates for the NHS.

Mr Laksh Soni is a fourth-year studying Medicine at King's College London. He is one of the leads for our interview courses and he is the MMI circuit manager for theMSAG.


  • What if I don't understand part of a video?

    No problem! Whether it's a particular topic or medical school interview answer, just pop your questions into the comment box underneath the videos and a dedicated MSAG team member will get back to you with an answer ASAP.

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    Technical issues happen to the best of us: head over to our technical helpdesk/tutorial and we’ll get you back online and ready to ace that medical school interview!

  • Can I access the videos from my phone?

    Absolutely! You can access our videos via your mobile web browser or the Thinkific app.

  • Can I save videos on my hard drive?

    Unfortunately, because of copyright, you can’t save videos at this time: but, you are more than welcome to replay videos as many times as you need!

Student reviews

  • Oke Obiuwevbi

    “I found the videos within the ethics series extremely helpful in teaching me how to organise and structure arguments to potential questions that could come up in interview questions. I loved the fact that there were a number of videos available th...”

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    “I found the videos within the ethics series extremely helpful in teaching me how to organise and structure arguments to potential questions that could come up in interview questions. I loved the fact that there were a number of videos available that covered a range of different ethical topics as well as the individual ethical principles as well. I would strongly recommend others to sign up for this series for help with ethical scenarios/questions. ”

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