The American University of Beirut Medical Center Ethics Committee (MCEC) is an advisory group appointed by the Medical Board upon the recommendation of the Chief of Staff. When requested, the MCEC examines and reviews ethical issues that may come up in the course of a patient's care. The MCEC members include physicians, nurses, social workers, a lawyer, a philosopher, and the hospital’s bioethicist. The role of the MCEC is basically advisory in that it gives recommendations after ascertaining that all the pertinent facts of the case being discussed are obtained and that those involved have a clear understanding of the issue and the facts. A major role of the MCEC is to facilitate the discussion by clarifying the different relevant considerations and to help all those involved reach a consensus, rather than to serve as a decision making body.
Overview of the Responsibilities of the Medical Center Ethics CommitteeThe MCEC serves the entire community of the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) by furthering ethical deliberation, mutually respectful dialogue and critical analysis, and by promoting standards of conduct that reflect the commitment of the Institution to the highest ethical standards as well as to patient centered care.
The main goals of the MCEC are to: