An important milestone in the development of bioethics at Aga Khan University (AKU) was the formation of the Bioethics Group (BG) in 1997. This group comprises of individual faculty members and hospital staff sharing a common interest in bioethics and has representation from a variety of departments including Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Community Health Sciences, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Anaesthesia, School of Nursing and Nursing Services. One of the objectives of the BG is self education for capacity building in the area of bioethics.
The BG has also come to play an increasingly prominent role in informal bioethics education at AKU. The group conducts regular bioethics discussion sessions like the Bioethics Grand Rounds and Question Time Ethics. It has also organised symposia and workshops on various bioethics themes.
As similar bioethics resources are not available in the city, BG has occasionally been asked to collaborate with other institutions to organise bioethics related events outside AKU as well. In this manner, the BG has come to assume the role of a major bioethics resource for other institutions also.