AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. July 2011, Volume 13, Number 7.

Ethics Poll

When Physicians Write

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

Patients who are the subjects of a physician's case study, memoir, or other nonfiction narrative should be allowed to read what has been written about them (even when their names are not used) and to withhold consent to publication of their stories if they wish. What do you think?
Many medical schools have introduced reflective writing courses into the curriculum on the assumption that writing about patients and their feelings about patients will help the students become more empathic, insightful physicians. Which of the following best expresses your opinion about reflective writing courses in the medical school curriculum?
Given that the blogosphere, wiki publishing, and social media are unedited and may contain much medical misinformation, physicians, as patient educators, have a professional duty to attempt to correct outright inaccuracies and misinformation on the Internet when they become aware of them.
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