Ethics in Medicine
Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy
Phone: (+974) 4492 8304
Dr. Rodriguez del Pozo joined Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) in 2003. He has a strong focus on teaching medical ethics, mentoring, and carrying out research on medical ethics and education. Dr. del Pozo is in charge of the longitudinal curriculum in medical ethics, which is unique to WCMC-Q. He teaches an introductory ethics course to Pre-medical students, aimed at immerse undergraduates into the moral and humanistic dimension of medicine, by using fiction and essay with authors ranging from Franz Kafka to Edmund Pellegrino. Dr. del Pozo teaches Medical students a clinical ethics course that explores the main areas of moral conflict, including among others reproductive ethics, end-of life care ethics, and ethics of research with human subjects. These contents are complemented with a methodology for clinical ethics and weekly sessions of case-solving exercises. Dr. del Pozo directs a fourth-year medical program clerkship in medical ethics aimed at gaining understanding of ethics at the bedside with an emphasis on end-of-life and palliative care issues.
A native of Argentina, Dr. del Pozo has degrees in medicine, legal and forensic medicine, bioethics, and law. His Ph.D. dissertation at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (Spain) was on the right to health care and the just delivery of health care to different segments of society. His current areas of research interest are education in medical ethics and the understanding of the cultural nuances that shape medical ethics at the bedside. Dr. del Pozo pursues further research on the broader common values that may promote a better cross-cultural dialogue towards a transcultural bioethics. Dr. del Pozo latest research is on the local impact of international standards for the protection of rights of persons with disabilities.
- Fins JJ, Rodríguez del Pozo P. The hidden and implicit curricula in cultural context: new insights from Doha and New York. Acad Med. 2011 Mar;86(3):321-325.
- Rodríguez del Pozo P, Fins JJ, Helmy I, El Chaki R, El Shazly T, Wafaradi D, Mahfoud Z. Truth-telling and cancer diagnoses: physician attitudes and practices in qatar. The oncologist. 2012 Nov;17(11):1469-74..
- Delgado Marroquin MT, Altisent Trota R, Buil B, Muñoz P, Martín Espíldora MN, Rodríguez del Pozo P. Análisis de la maduración del juicio moral en el proceso de aprendizaje de la bioética. Educación Médica. 2012
- Rodríguez del Pozo P, Fins JJ. Picasso as Viewed from Distant Shores: Science, Charity & The Medical Humanities. Commentary [Science & charity]. Acad Med. 2013 Apr;88(4):467