AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. August 2011, Volume 13, Number 8: 521-585.

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August 2011 Contents

Caring for the Underserved

Ethics Poll

Some say that physicians who volunteer their time to provide free medical care for the poor are just putting a band-aid on a large social problem--unequal access to medical care for all. The criticism is that these physicians help perpetuate the unfair system by hiding the real problem from view and allowing policy makers to ignore it. Do you agree with this view?
Which of the following do you think would do most to improve access to affordable, quality medical care for all U.S. residents?
Do you currently volunteer any of your time?

From the Editor

Reaffirming Our Commitment to Serve
Ryan Van Ramshorst
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:523-525.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Balancing Practice Economics with Patient Need
Commentary by Glen Medellin
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:526-529.

Patient Advocacy for Beginners
Commentary by John Brockman
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:530-533.

Enforcing Patient Copays
Commentary by Chris Brooks
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:534-538.

Medical Education

The Underserved Pathway—Fostering Medical Student Interest in the Care of Vulnerable Populations
Shannon U. Waterman, Amanda Kost, Rachel Lazzar, and Sharon Dobie
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:539-543.

Learning to Care for the Underserved—Making the Most of Opportunities in Medical School
William Y. Huang
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:544-549.

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinion on Physicians’ Duty to the Poor
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:550.

Clinical Pearl

Diagnosis and Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Children and Adults
Yu-Hsiang “Clara” Lin and Anoop Agrawal
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:551-554.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Medical-Legal Partnerships
Rebecca L. Huston, Susan Zinn, and Sylvia Leal-Castanon
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:555-558.

Policy Forum

Student-Run Clinics—A Short-Term Solution to a Systemic Problem
Erwin C. Wang, Megan Prior, Jenny M. Van Kirk, Stephen A. Sarmiento, Margaret M. Burke, Christine Oh, Eileen S. Moore, and Stephen Ray Mitchell
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:559-564.

Medicine and Society

Beyond Charity—Social Justice and Health Care
Justin M. List
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:565-568.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

Catholic Hospitals and the Safety Net
Marcy Doderer
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:569-570.

Medical Narrative

Rebuilding Medicine
Corey Hebert
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:571-573.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:574-581.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:582-585.