Ms Sumytra Menon

Ms Sumytra Menon

Senior Assistant Director
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.


Sumytra Menon is a Senior Assistant Director at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Sumy’s primary role at CBmE is to develop a national competency and accreditation framework for clinical ethics and research ethics training, as part of the National Ethics Capability Committee. She is also the Programme Director of Clinical Ethics Network + Research Ethics Support (CENTRES), which trains members of clinical, research and transplant ethics committees. Sumy teaches on CBmE’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She is a lawyer by training with a particular interest in the law on mental capacity and at the end of life, and clinical and research ethics. She is a member of the Joint Steering Committee on Advance Care Planning (ACP), a member of the National Transplant Ethics Panel of Laypersons and various institutional clinical and research ethics committees.