Wednesday, March 4, 2009

MMI - Scenario Six

Station 6: Circumcision (Ethical Decision Making)

The Canadian Pediatric Association has recommended that circumcisions not be routinely performed. They base this recommendation on their determination that the benefits have not been shown to clearly outweigh the risks and costs. Doctors have no obligation to refer for, or provide, a circumcision, but many do, even when they are clearly not medically necessary. Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) no longer pays for unnecessary circumcisions.

Consider the ethical problems that exist in this case. Discuss these issues with the interviewer.


  1. Hello OTsweetpea,

    Hopefully you or anyone else can help me on this. As I'm going through this scenario. I'm having trouble thinking what other kind of ethical problems there could be, if any one can give me a hint. I'm thinking one of them could be doctors who do decide to perform when they know there is a risk and its more beneficial to not perform it. Does anyone else have any other ideas.

    1. Try to consider peoples cultural and religious backgrounds that prefer circumcisions.