Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Ethical Dilemmas: Transporting Medical Advances to the Developing World


Time: Friday, April 05, 2013 5:30 PM

Location: Meiling Hall 160


Thousands of health care providers and students have travelled to countries in the developing world to help with varying medical and public health projects, and these efforts have long been lauded as the epitome of good will and humanitarianism. But how ethical is it to simply walk into another country and claim to know what is best and most effective when it comes to medical advances? Are we knowledgeable enough about target populations to claim that our ways are better than theirs?


Dr. Aron Rose has travelled across the world performing various ophthalmic treatments in developing nations. As Associate Clinical Professor Ophthalmology at Yale University, Dr. Rose has asked these very questions, and talked at numerous venues about the ethical dilemmas regarding overseas medical care.


This event is targeted towards the entire Ohio State community, and will be a beneficial and eye-opening discussion for medical professionals, faculty, students and staff.  This event is co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and is paid for in part by Student Activity Fee. For more information, please email The Bioethics Society at A reception will follow this event

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