D.B.A. Baker College (Michigan), 2021.
Specialization: Medical ethics; Business administration
A study of medical students' perceptions of their medical education leaders' ethical actions
151 pages. UMI #: 28772461
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There was a problem in acute care educational facilities. That problem was incongruence in understanding may exist among medical students in their perceptions of their medical education leaders’ ethical actions. The purpose of this hermeneutic phenomenological study was to collect data about the perceptions or lived experiences of medical students regarding the ethical actions of their medical education leaders. The conceptual foundation for this study used Kelly Monahan’s theory of the four major topics of ethical leadership: The definition of ethical leadership, ethics within the leader, ethical leaders influencing followers, and the challenges organizations face in implementing ethics standards. The six research questions focused on the ethical experiences and perceptions of medical students and included what changes students would like to see to enhance their learning in understanding ethical dilemmas. The sample size for this study was 12 students from Michigan State and Wayne State universities under the auspices of Beaumont Health. An analysis of the participant responses to the interview questions was analyzed by the researcher and colleague familiar with the problem and themes developed for each research question. The results of the study identified that frustration may have existed when students observed unethical actions in their medical education leaders, however, incongruence in understanding the action as questionable did not exist because students defined ethics and understood when their medical education leaders’ actions were questionable.