Dr Jacqueline Chin

Dr Jacqueline Chin

Associate Professor
Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore



Clinical Ethics
Date: 22 September 2017, Friday
Time: 10.45am – 12.45pm
Synopsis: Family Physicians aspire to discharge their duties to the best of their abilities. With increasing complexity of medical care options and the increasing expectations of personal and professional accountability, physicians often encounter multiple issues that require them to analyse and balance complex ethical conflicts, make difficult decisions and justify why the decisions are made. Clinical ethics provide a means to an awareness of the values and ethical conflicts, and together with ethical and clinical competencies, it serves to provide a platform for good patient care. An overview of the clinical ethics in healthcare setting will be presented, followed by interactive workshops, where scenarios on clinical ethical issues faced by family physicians in decision making will be discussed.


Dr Jacqueline Chin is Associate Professor at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Trained as a moral philosopher through a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford, her research of the past nine years addresses national and globally-relevant capacity-building in biomedical ethics. She has conceptualized and led key projects such as CENTRES (since 2009), commissioned by the Ministry of Health for networking and supporting clinical ethics committees in Singapore’s restructured and private hospitals; What Doctors Say About Care of the Dying, an empirical ethics study of doctors’ perspectives on end-of-life decisions (2010-2011) aimed at informing professional stakeholders, policymakers and the public; Making Difficult Decisions with Patients and Families (2014), an online casebook (www.bioethicscasebook.sg) which was recently featured in a 2015 Hastings Center Report’s special collection of papers on Bioethics Education by the US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues; and Vol 2 of the online casebook, Caring for Older People in an Ageing Society (2017), which engages with ethical challenges of eldercare among health workers in community care settings.