AMA Journal of Ethics. October 2016
This month in Journal of Ethics
Health Professionals with Disabilities
Nearly 20 percent of the US population has a disability, but few of these persons ever apply to or graduate from a US medical school. Why? Technical standards are a roadblock to some, and social and cultural discrimination still persist. Progress commands cross-disciplinary attention from health care, law, and ethics.
Perspectives on the Meaning of “Disability” Leslie Francis, PhD, JD, and Anita Silvers, PhD The meaning of “disability” has shifted with US public policy changes over time. People with disability are protected under civil rights law, and open questions remain about whether and when policy-level interventions and reasonable accommodations create equal opportunity.
How Should Colleagues Respond to Diminishing Capacities of an Aging Surgeon? Commentary by Peter Angelos, MD, PhD, FACS Monitoring surgeons’ capacities over time are rooted in professional duties to protect patients’ safety. Aging surgeons should undergo assessments and be encouraged to stop practicing before their diminished skill becomes too risky.
Learning from Physicians with Disabilities and Their Patients Joel A. DeLisa, MD, MS, and Jacob Jay Lindenthal, PhD, DrPH Research on experiences of practicing physicians who have disabilities could help medical schools counsel applicants and increase enrollment among students with disabilities. This can ultimately improve care for patients with disabilities.
Medical Schools’ Willingness to Accommodate Medical Students with Sensory and Physical Disabilities: Ethical Foundations of a Functional Challenge to “Organic” Technical Standards Michael McKee, MD, MPH, Ben Case, Maureen Fausone, Philip Zazove, MD, Alicia Ouellette, JD, and Michael D. Fetters, MD, MPH
November Transgender Health and Medicine
December Ethics in Neuropsychology
January Human Trafficking and Medicine
February Legitimacy and Authority in Medicine
March Language and Hierarchy in Medicine
April Moral Psychology of 'Difficult' Doctor-Patient Dyads
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