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Sci Eng Ethics. 2011 Jun;17(2):289-97. doi: 10.1007/s11948-010-9197-3. Epub 2010 Mar 7.

Ethics in 15 min per week.

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Department of Radiology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medical Center Blvd., PP1 7th Floor, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA.


The demand for science trainees to have appropriate responsible conduct of research instruction continues to increase the attention shown by federal agencies and graduate school programs to the development of effective ethics curriculums. However, it is important to consider that the main learning environment for science graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows is within a laboratory setting. Here we discuss an internal laboratory program of weekly 15-minute ethics discussions implemented and used over the last 3 years in addition to the graduate school's program of scientific integrity training. During this time, the environment and culture within our laboratory has changed to place greater emphasis on the ethical implications of our own research and the research we evaluate. We still struggle with how to accurately assess this behavioral change; although, we present preliminary survey results on the evaluation and impact of this style of curriculum for ethics instruction in our laboratory.

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