AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Journal of Ethics Header

AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2011, Volume 13, Number 5.

Ethics Poll

The Good Ol’ GP

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Country doctors have been portrayed in novels, film, and television as kindly, understanding people who put the welfare of patients before their own comfort, make house calls at any time of day or night, and share the lifestyle of those they treat. Which of the following best expresses your opinion of that image?
Many rural areas in the U.S., designated as Medical Professional Shortage Areas (MPSAs), do not have the number of primary care physicians they need to serve the population. How do you think this maldistribution of physicians should be redressed? (Check all that apply.)
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.