The Ethics in Clinical Practice Project (ECPP) continues to expand in scope and influence. There are 27 residency training programs in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with about 800 residents. In the 4 residency training programs initially targeted, there are approximately 300 residents combined:
- Surgery (~75)
- Medicine (~150: Johns Hopkins Hospital (~100); Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (~50))
- Pediatrics (~80)
That is about 40% of the entire pool of residents. Over the past 2 years we have expanded our ethics education efforts into another 5 residency programs, which together account for another ~180 residents:
- Anesthesiology (76)
- Radiology (37)
- OB-GYN (36)
- Neurology (21)
- Child Psychiatry (13).
Accordingly, we are now teaching clinical ethics to approximately 500 residents; about 60% of all residents at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In the long term, a major objective of the project (both empirical and academic) is to develop physicians who are more aware, appreciative, knowledgeable and skilled with respect to ethics issues in clinical practice. Data gathered from empirical projects have been, and will continue to be, utilized to develop ethics education programs that are tailored to address the needs of the residents. Results from the empirical projects have also been shared beyond the Hopkins community: at national meetings and in papers submitted to academic journals.