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Samstag, 25. Januar 2025

Symposion zu Moral Competence

Symposion "Moral competence in the Health Professions"

Moral Competence in the Health Professions

l In 2021, Georg Lind organized the 16th International
Symposium titled "Moral Competence: Its Nature, Relevance,
and Teachability." Regrettably, this marked his final
Symposium. However, his ideas continue to bear fruit and
inspire reflection among those influenced by his writings and
interactions. Presently, we are in the process of organizing a
Symposium aimed at advancing the study of moral
competence and dilemma discussions, building upon Lind's
The present Symposium will serve as a nexus for global
scientists, scholars, and practitioners in medical training,
facilitating the exchange of insights, discoveries, and inquiries
concerning the Moral Competence Test (MCT) and the
Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD). These
meetings showcase empirical studies alongside practical
experiences, enriching our understanding of the importance
and applicability of moral-democratic competence, while also
improving our methodologies for its promotion.
Moral competence Although it is a concept that has been in use for over 50 years
it remains relatively new and poorly understood. Many
individuals, including numerous scientists in the medical field,
still follow the belief that adherence to moral ideals and
standards, imposed by societal agents, is sufficient for ethical
However, as Plato reports about Socrates' thoughts over two
and a half millennia ago, the desire to be moral is innate; it is
virtue—competence and ability—that truly matters. Today, we
understand that developing moral competence is essential for
resolving the problems and conflicts inherent in our aspirations
to act morally.
Numerous experimental and correlational studies underscore
the paramount importance of moral competence in shaping
our social behaviors, including adherence to laws, honesty,
contractual obligations, resistance to false authority, altruism,
mental well-being, whistleblowing, swift decision-making, and
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academic performance. These behaviors are crucial for
fostering harmonious coexistence within pluralistic
The versatile Konstanz Method of Dilemma-Discussion
(KMDD) now offers a highly effective means of nurturing moral
competence among individuals of all ages, from as young as
eight years old, across diverse educational settings and
cultural contexts.
Presentation forms Oral presentations, Poster Sessions, Panel Discussions



Moral Competence and how it can be fostered
Moral Competence and empathy of health professionals
Moral Competence and learning of health professionals
Moral Competence and dealing with dilemmas in health care
Moral Competence and patient - professional - interaction