Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training

CASE 5: Addressing "Ancillary Benefits"
Matthew DeCamp, Joce Rodriguez , Gene Richardson, Michele Barry, Jeremy Sugarman

Trainees abroad for short-term experiences in global health can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the needs they perceive in local communities.  This case will help trainees think through the ethical issues that arise when being asked to provide "ancillary benefits" – that is, benefits that might not be related to the original purpose of the training experience.

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Project funding provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)