The Importance of Teaching Ethics in Pharmacy Education

Brian L. Erstad, Timothy P. Stratton

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All pharmacy faculty members should have a general understanding of the field of ethics, regardless of whether they have received any formal training, since instruction and training in ethical decision-making is an accreditation expectation. Additionally, whether they recognize it or not, pharmacy faculty members are involved in ethical decision-making on an almost daily basis. The aims of the current commentary are to expand on a basic approach to ethical decision-making using examples involving students or faculty members in each of the triad areas of teaching, research, and service, and serve as a starting point to enable all faculty to teach students how to work through an ethical dilemma. This commentary will focus on the initial steps involved in determining whether an ethical dilemma exists, determining the facts related to the dilemma by identifying technical facts and legal constraints, and identifying the principles and values that play a role in the situation and decide which are in conflict. References are provided for more in-depth review of ethics subject matter beyond the scope of this commentary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8503
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022


  • academic
  • clinical
  • ethical issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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