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Juan Carlos Siurana Participates in the Annual Meeting on Medical Education

  • July 5th, 2017
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The professor and researcher Juan Carlos Siurana participated on 3 July in the Annual Meeting on Medical Education: “Medical education focused on the patient”, celebrated in the Complutense University of Madrid.

Juan Carlos Siurana, professor and researcher of the Master’s Degree in Ethics and Democracy, intervened in the Annual Meeting on Medical Education, which was held on Monday 3 July. He participated in the thematic table “Medicine of the person”, where he offered a lecture entitled “Bioethical bases of the doctor-patient relationship.”


  • Annual Meeting on Medical Education 2017

The progress of medical knowledge is one of the most relevant facts in the history of humanity. Nevertheless, and despite the great scientific progress, there still are many problems to be solved; therefore it is necessary to focus efforts on fighting diseases, health organisation, and efficient use of resources or search for scientific evidence during decision-making.

This drift has led to the phasing out of the personal and transcendent dimension of the professional practice of medicine focusing on the patient. And both patients and professionals and, furthermore, society as a whole, are aware of this lack. This is why it has aroused a new concept called Patient-Focused Medicine, which is focused on the integration of scientific and human aspects in the professional activity.

But if we defend a medicine focused on the patient, how do we approach the training of the future doctor focusing it on the patient? What should we do in the new curricula? Is it necessary to incorporate competences that have not been considered so far?

Medical Education focused on the patient is a challenge. It means to impregnate the model with a humanist education, to complete contents with those coming from medical humanism and define, acquire and evaluate the skills that come from it.

For all this, it is necessary to make future doctors competent in fields that have not been usual in curricular contents so far. The 11th Meeting on Medical Education 2017 was oriented to reflect and share the model of teaching of medicine focused on the patient, its profile and the characteristics that define it.


  • Juan Carlos Siurana

Juan Carlos Siurana is a Tenured Professor of the Department of Moral and Political Legal Philosophy of the Universitat de València. In addition, he is also a European Doctor in Philosophy, with a thesis on the application of Karl-Otto Apel's discourse ethics to the problem of anticipated wills. He carried out his postgraduate studies in Frankfurt University (Germany) with a scholarship granted by the DAAD.

He has also been an FPI fellow of the Universitat de València, researcher of the ÉTNOR Foundation (For Business and Organization Ethics), with which he has collaborated in various activities on business ethics.

He has been a member of the Bioethics Committee of the Hospital Clínico (Clinical Hospital) of Valencia and is currently Director of the Bioethics Research Group of the Universitat de València, coordinator of the Ibero-American Network of Bioethics Research Groups and coordinator of the International Bioethics Congress of the of the Universitat de València, which in November 2014 held its third edition.

During his labour activity as a professor he has taught lessons in national and international universities. Siurana has authored more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters related to ethics, of national and international dimension.

In addition, he is a co-author of books such as: Educar en la justicia (1998) and Ética en la investigación (2004); and author of the books: Una brújula para la vida moral (2003); Voluntades anticipadas. Una alternativa a la muerte solitaria (2005), La sociedad ética. Indicadores para evaluar éticamente una sociedad (2009), Los consejos de los filósofos. Una introducción a la historia de la ética (2011), and Ética del humor. Fundamentos y aplicaciones de una nueva teoría ética (2015).