Anesthesiologists who practice critical care frequently face ethical dilemmas, particularly when caring for patients at the end of life. These ethical dilemmas, however, are not limited to intensivists. Anesthesiologists will also care for the nearly one-third of Medicare recipients who undergo surgery in the last year of their life. Most medical school curricula and residency competencies incorporate ethics teaching by means of didactic or case-based learning. Clinical ethics training incorporates the theories of ethical principles with added casuistic reflection. However, there remains a divide between this teaching and the real-life conundrums faced by physicians. Practical ethics teaching can be used to bridge this gap and personalize the process to make it more inclusive in overall patient management. We highlight two opportunities for the application of practical ethics in anesthesiology: experiential learning in the ICU during ethics...

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