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Religious Affiliations and Ethical Opinions of Students at Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba

Gabriel Andrade, Saud Qureshi, Saleh Khasawneh, Alladin Kawaiah, Joseph Sarra

Keywords : Abortion, Euthanasia, Medical ethics, Religion

Citation Information : Andrade G, Qureshi S, Khasawneh S, Kawaiah A, Sarra J. Religious Affiliations and Ethical Opinions of Students at Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba. J Postgrad Med Edu Res 2018; 52 (3):128-134.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10028-1287

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-04-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba, is an offshore medical school located in the Dutch Caribbean. Most of its students come from the United States and Canada. Yet, they are immensely diverse in their religious affiliation. A study was conducted with students, asking them what their religious affiliation is. Then, they were presented with a series of hypothetical cases dealing with abortion, in vitro technology, embryonic stem cells, and euthanasia. They were asked to give their moral evaluation. The results came out showing that, as a general trend, respondents form their ethical opinions in the medical field, independently of the doctrines of their religious affiliations.

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