AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2009, Volume 11, Number 5: 349-422.

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May 2009 Contents

Specialty Choice and Business Decisions in Medicine

Ethics Poll

Would you be more likely to get a massage, manicure, facial, or other nonmedical body treatment at a “medical spa” that advertised physician ownership than you would to get one at a nonmedically affiliated spa, if the price were the same at both?
There is great disparity between the average pay earned by subspecialty surgeons (e.g., cardiac surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons) per hour of surgery and that earned by primary care physicians per hour of patient care that includes taking histories, making diagnoses, suggesting treatment plans, and educating and counseling patients. Which of the following best describes why you think this disparity exists?
The fact that many rural and inner city regions are medically underserved has been described as a “market failure,” implying that some outside help for pure market forces is needed. Which of the following interventions do you think would improve the distribution of needed primary care medical services? Check all that you think apply.

From the Editor

The Growing Importance of Business to Medical Students
Nathaniel J. Brown and Jeffrey M. Dueker
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:351-354.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Decision Making at the Crossroads of Practice Choice
Commentary by John G. Halvorsen
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:355-360.

Mainstream Medicine Meets the Medi-Spa
Commentary by Lionel Bercovitch
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:361-367.

Competitiveness Can Undermine Team Goals
Commentary by Jeffrey Reagan and Laurel C. Blakemore
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:368-372.

Medical Education

Medical Business Ethics Education: Guarding the Patient-Centered Focus of Medicine
James M. DuBois
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:373-377.

The Character of the Physician
Edmund D. Pellegrino
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11.

Journal Discussion

O Doctor, Where Art Thou? Why Fewer Students Pursue Internal Medicine
David Y. Chen
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:378-382.

Clinical Pearl

What Is the Consensus about Managing Health Risks Associated with Type-A Personality?
Sundeep Jayaprabhu
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:383-386.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Splitting Fees or Splitting Hairs?
Cheryl Miller
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:387-389.

Policy Forum

Closing the Gap: Finding and Encouraging Physicians Who Will Care for the Underserved
Keisa Bennett, Julie Phillips, and Bridget Teevan
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:390-398.

Medicine and Society

The Business of Healing, Then and Now
Daniel N. Robinson
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:399-401.

History, Art, and Narrative

Medical Narrative

On Money in Medicine and the Angst It Creates for Medical Students
Allison Carmichael
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:402-405.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Higher Pay
E. Ray Dorsey, John A. Dorsey, and E. Richard Dorsey
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:406-409.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:410-419.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:420-422.