AMA Journal of Ethics February 2015
This month in Journal of Ethics
The Culture of Medicine
The profession of medicine has a distinct culture that evokes responses ranging from respect and trust to allegations of elitism and condescending paternalism. Once we become part of a culture, its values and formal and informal rules of conduct become invisible; they are second nature. So contributors to the February 2015 issue of AMA Journal of Ethics (formerly Virtual Mentor) attempt a difficult task when they undertake analyzing the culture of medicine from within, often through the lens of medical education and training—focal points for admission to the profession and transmission of its values and attitudes to the upcoming generation of physicians.
Describing a Culture from Within Marta Michalska-Smith What we are expected to read between the lines or pick up on without being told is as much a part of culture as anything codified.
Professionalism and Appropriate Expression of Empathy when Breaking Bad News Commentary by Amy Blair, MD, and Katherine Wasson, PhD, MPH There are at least two considerations here: the patient’s perception of a physician’s empathic expression and the physician’s level of comfort with expressing empathy and attending to patients’ emotions.
Professional Socialization in Medicine Brandon Vaidyanathan, PhD, MSc One way of transmitting culture is through narrative scripts—ideas about the kind of self one ought to become—that shape medical students’ ideas of what desires, attitudes, behaviors, and dispositions are expected or unbecoming of professionals.
March Ethical Questions in Anesthesiology
April Ethics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism
May Observing Professional Boundaries
June Ethics in Rehabilitation Medicine
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