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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2013, Volume 15, Number 3: 183-280.

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March 2013 Contents

Conscience Rights and Responsibilities

Ethics Poll

A physician who conscientiously objects to performing a legal service has a duty to ensure the patient’s access to that service by referral or some other means. Which of the following best describes your response to that statement?
A physician who is unwilling to perform, under the appropriate clinical circumstances, any legal service for which he or she is board certified should not be practicing in that specialty.
Performing a prohibited service, e.g., informing patients about certain family planning options such as abortion in hospitals or organizations where doing so is prohibited, is a worse offense than refusing to perform a legal service.

From the Editor

An Examination of Conscience
Mark J. Kissler
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:185-187.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Positive Claims of Conscience and Objections to Immigration Law
Commentary by Mark R. Wicclair
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:188-192.

Invoking Shared Beliefs in End-of-Life Decision Making
Commentary by William J. Hogan and Juan R. Velez
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:193-197.

Medical School Accommodations for Religious and Cultural Practices
Commentary by Lori Arviso Alvord
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:198-201.

Medical Education

Conscience as Clinical Judgment: Medical Education and the Virtue of Prudence
Warren Kinghorn
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:202-205.

The Code Says

The American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions on Physician Participation in Abortion, Assisted Reproduction, and Physician-Assisted Suicide
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:206-207.

Journal Discussion

Conscience, Values, and Justice in Savulescu
Alvan A. Ikoku
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:208-212.

State of the Art and Science

NaProTECHNOLOGY and Conscientious OB/GYN Medicine
Brooke E. Jemelka, David W. Parker, and Renee Mirkes
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:213-219.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Religious Employers and Exceptions to Mandated Coverage of Contraceptives
Lauren Sydney Flicker
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:220-225.

Policy Forum

Institutional Conscience and Access to Services: Can We Have Both?
Cameron Flynn and Robin Fretwell Wilson
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:226-235.

Protecting Positive Claims of Conscience for Employees of Religious Institutions Threatens Religious Liberty
Christopher O. Tollefsen
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:236-239.

Should Physicians Participate in State-Ordered Executions?
James K. Boehnlein
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:240-243.

Medicine and Society

Autonomy, Conscience, and Professional Obligation
Robert D. Orr
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:244-248.

History, Art, and Narrative

Images of Healing and Learning

Refusal in “Bartleby, the Scrivener”: Narrative Ethics and Conscientious Objection
Alvan A. Ikoku
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:249-256.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

The Limits of Conscientious Refusal: A Duty to Ensure Access
Margaret Little and Anne Drapkin Lyerly
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:257-262.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:263-277.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:278-280.