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Beyond the physician charter: reflections on medical professionalism.
Perspect Biol Med. 2006 Spring; 49(2):263-75.PB

Abstract

The numerous challenges now facing the profession of medicine have led to an intense focus on professionalism by individual physicians and by their professional and academic organizations. In 2002, a distinguished group of leaders in internal medicine created the Physician Charter, which calls on physicians to reaffirm medical professionalism through commitment to three principles and 10 responsibilities. The Charter reflects a duty-based ethic that is chiefly concerned with physician competence. This article offers a critical analysis of the Physician Charter from the perspective of the traditional values of medicine as articulated in medical oaths and championed by leaders of past generations, exemplified by William Osler. The authors argue that medical professionalism should reflect the values of a virtue-based ethic that stresses compassion and beneficence, rather than the values of a duty-based ethic. The challenges that now confront the practice of medicine can be addressed successfully only to the extent that physicians promote virtue-ethics, act collectively in the public interest, and render service that clearly transcends their own self-interests.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Medicine and Humanities, University of Montana and St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center, Missoula, 59802, USA. swick@saintpatrick.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Historical Article
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16702709

Citation

Swick, Herbert M., et al. "Beyond the Physician Charter: Reflections On Medical Professionalism." Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, vol. 49, no. 2, 2006, pp. 263-75.
Swick HM, Bryan CS, Longo LD. Beyond the physician charter: reflections on medical professionalism. Perspect Biol Med. 2006;49(2):263-75.
Swick, H. M., Bryan, C. S., & Longo, L. D. (2006). Beyond the physician charter: reflections on medical professionalism. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 49(2), 263-75.
Swick HM, Bryan CS, Longo LD. Beyond the Physician Charter: Reflections On Medical Professionalism. Perspect Biol Med. 2006;49(2):263-75. PubMed PMID: 16702709.
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