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: 417-520.

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July 2011 Contents

Physician Authors

Ethics Poll

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.

From the Editor

Healing Narrative—Ethics and Writing about Patients
Rimma Osipov
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:420-424.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Case Studies and the Therapeutic Relationship
Commentary by Ronald Pies and Judy L. Kantrowitz
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:425-434.

Ethics, Memoir, and Medicine
Commentary by Jack Coulehan
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:435-439.

Anonymous Physician Blogging
Commentary by Bryan S. Vartabedian, Emily Amos, and Jay Baruch
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:440-447.

Conley Essay

2010 Winning Essay
Social (Networking) Justice

Russell J. Coletti
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:448-453.

2010 Runner-Up Essay
Social Roles and Semi-Public Spaces on the Internet—The Case of Jason and Emily

Christopher Langston
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:454-460.

2010 Runner-Up Essay
Jason’s Journal—Thoughts of an Ethically Conflicted Medical Student

Ankoor Shah
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:461-465.

Medical Education

Medical Students Learn to Tell Stories about Their Patients and Themselves
Johanna Shapiro, Elena Bezzubova, and Ronald Koons
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:466-470.

Multiple Exposures—Reflective Writing in the First Year of Medical School
Martin Kohn, Janine Bernardo, Daniel Huck, and Eric Coble
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:471-474.

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions on Confidentiality of Patient Information
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:475-477.

Journal Discussion

The Poetry of John Stone, MD
Angeline L. Wang
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:478-481.

Clinical Pearl

The Art of Writing Patient Record Notes
Thomas Robey
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:482-484.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

When Doctors Pick up the Pen—Patient-Doctor Confidentiality Breaches in Publishing
Valarie Blake
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:485-489.

Policy Forum

A Delicate Balance—Ethical Standards for Physician-Journalists
Tom Linden
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:490-493.

Medicine and Society

Vulnerability in Physicians’ Narratives
Susan Sample
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:494-498.

History, Art, and Narrative

Medical Narrative

The House of God—Is It Pertinent 30 Years Later?
Howard Brody
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:499-502.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

The Case History and Deferred Pain
G. Thomas Couser
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:503-506.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:507-516.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:517-520.