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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2012, Volume 14, Number 5: 363-436.

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May 2012 Contents

When It's Not Your Patient

Ethics Poll

Under which of the following conditions do you think it is ethically permissible for a physician to treat family members? Check all that apply.
A commentor quoted in this issue of Virtual Mentor predicts that the future role of the generalist physician is likely to be supervising physician assistants and advanced nurse practitioners who deliver most of the primary care, while the physician provides care only for patients with complex illnesses who are hospitalized. Considering patients' access to care and the training and competence of the care givers, do you think this change would improve primary care?
Have you ever sought a second opinion and then switched permanently to the second-opinion physician from the physician you were initially seeing?

From the Editor

The Patient-Physician Relationship: Classic Questions and New Directions
Alex Folkl
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:365-367.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Requests for Care from Family Members
Commentary by Erik K. Fromme
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:368-372.

Responsibility for Patients after the Handoff
Commentary by Robert Macauley
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:373-377.

A University Physician’s Duty to Nonpatient Students
Commentary by Cynthia Geppert
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:378-382.

Medical Education

A Longitudinal Approach to Handoff Training
Jeanne M. Farnan and Vineet M. Arora
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:383-388.

Turfing Revisited
Catherine V. Caldicott
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:389-395.

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinion on Physicians Treating Family Members
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:396-397.

State of the Art and Science

The Patient, the Physician, and Dr. Google
Bradford W. Hesse
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:398-402.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

When Is a Patient-Physician Relationship Established?
Valarie Blake
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:403-406.

Policy Forum

Assignment, Attribution, and Accountability: New Responsibilities and Relationships in Accountable Care Organizations
Harold S. Luft
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:407-410.

Physician Assistants and Their Role in Primary Care
James F. Cawley
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:411-414.

Medicine and Society

Individualism, Solidarity, and U.S. Health Care
James E. Sabin
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:415-418.

History, Art, and Narrative

Medical Narrative

A Medical Student-Cadaver Relationship
Helena Winston
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:419-421.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Follow-Up after a Health Fair
Carolyn T. Bramante and John Song
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:422-425.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:426-433.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:434-436.