Centre for Military Ethics

Medical Resources

Education and training

This page provides some resource for education and training on the topic of military medical ethics. We believe that it is important teach military healthcare workers The principles of ethical practise within the military environment to prepare them for the type of challenges they may face. This includes understanding International Humanitarian Law, specifically the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols. There is a robust body of evidence that shows that, in addition to basic knowledge, the use of small group discussion based on practical scenarios is a good way to influence attitudes and behaviours. We have developed at the Centre for Military Ethics a suite of 52 scenarios, grouped into a set of playing cards, to support teaching in Military Ethics and Military Medical Ethics. These are available via this website, on a Smartphone App, and for purchase as a physical deck of cards.

Key references

How you can access the MIlitary (and Medical) Ethics apps

How you can access the MIlitary (and Medical) Ethics apps

Academic Papers

Miron M, Bricknell M. Innovation in education: the military medical ethics 'playing cards' and smartphone application. BMJ Mil Health. 2021 Oct 28:bmjmilitary-2021-001959. doi: 10.1136/bmjmilitary-2021-001959. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34711675.
Messelken D. A collection of scenarios in military medical ethics to support training and research. International Review of the Armed Forces Medical Services. 2018 Dec;91(4):75-7.
Eva van Baarle, Laura Hartman, Desiree Verweij, Bert Molewijk & Guy Widdershoven (2017) What Sticks? The Evaluation of a Train-the-Trainer Course in Military Ethics and its Perceived Outcomes, Journal of Military Ethics, 16:1-2, 56-77
Carrese, Joseph A. MD, MPH; Malek, Janet PhD; Watson, Katie JD; Lehmann, Lisa Soleymani MD, PhD; Green, Michael J. MD, MS; McCullough, Laurence B. PhD; Geller, Gail ScD, MHS; Braddock, Clarence H. III MD, MPH; Doukas, David J. MD The Essential Role of Med
Mun Kit Wong, Daniel Zhi Hao Hong, Jiaxuan Wu, Jacquelin Jia Qi Ting, Jia Ling Goh, Zhi Yang Ong, Rachelle Qi En Toh, Christine Li Ling Chiang, Caleb Wei Hao Ng, Jared Chuan Kai Ng, Clarissa Wei Shuen Cheong, Kuang Teck Tay, Laura Hui Shuen Tan, Yun Ting
Stirrat GM. Reflections on learning and teaching medical ethics in UK medical schools. Journal of Medical Ethics 2015;41:8-11.
Brooks L, Bell D. Teaching, learning and assessment of medical ethics at the UK medical schools. Journal of Medical Ethics 2017;43:606-612.

Videos and other media

George Lucas: Ethics, Leadership and Military Professionalism
Military Medical Ethics Education - New Tools.
Military Medical Ethics Education - New Tools

Other websites

ZH Center for Military Medical Ethics. MME Scenario Database.