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This study was designed to determine the nature extent and quality of medical ethics education for students in Canadian medical schools In 1989 a questionnaire that used primarily openended questions was sent to all 16 Canadian medical schools they all responded Significant findings include the following 15 of the 16 schools provided some ethics education with wideranging objectives the time allotted for such instruction ranged from ten and a half hours to 45 hours per degree not per year with no discernible pattern in the distribution of hours across the years most teaching was casebased and issueoriented most instructors were physicians and almost all the schools conducted assessments of students using a passfail standard