AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics Archives


OctoberPhysicians, Human Rights, and Civil Liberties
September Ethical Issues in Gynecological Oncology
August The Bottom Line: Profit Motive in American Medicine
July Patient Care in the ACA Era
JuneEthics in Rehabilitation Medicine
MayObserving Professional Boundaries
AprilEthics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism
MarchEthical Questions in Anesthesiology
FebruaryThe Culture of Medicine
JanuaryIntervening in the Brain: Ethics and Neurosurgery


DecemberTelemedicine's Challenges for the Medical Profession
NovemberMedicine's Role in Validating Sexual Norms
OctoberEthics and Reproductive Care
SeptemberPhysicians as Agents of Social Change
AugustThe Humanities in Medical Education
JulyEthical Issues in the Physician-Athlete Relationship
JuneThe Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Medicine
MayEthical Issues in Geriatric Care
AprilThird Parties in the Clinical Encounter
MarchThe Problem of Mistreatment in Medical Education
FebruaryUnwarranted Variation in Health Care
JanuaryEthics and Assisted Reproductive Technology


DecemberMedicine's Role in the "Good Death"
NovemberPatient Consumerism
OctoberMental Health and the Law
SeptemberMotherhood and Medicine
AugustEthics in Cancer Prevention and Care
JulyIncentives and Motivation in Medical Care
JunePhysician Leadership and Team-Based Care
MayEthics of Pain Measurement and Management
AprilEffects of Lifestyle on Health Status
MarchConscience Rights and Responsibilities
FebruaryThe Hospital: Business and Public Service?
JanuaryEthical Issues in Evidence-Based Medicine


DecemberGetting into Medical School and Residency
NovemberImproving Allocation of Limited Resources
OctoberPediatric Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
AugustPersonalized Medicine
JulyThe Ethics of Shared Decision Making
JunePsychiatry in a Brave New World
MayWhen It's Not Your Patient
AprilForeignness in Medicine
MarchOrgan Transplantation
FebruaryEthical Issues in Family Planning
JanuaryVaccines and Ethics


DecemberThe Power of Diagnosis
NovemberHealth Reform and the Practicing Physician
OctoberDoctors after Hours: Physicians as Citizens
SeptemberFirst, Do No Harm
AugustCaring for the Underserved
JulyPhysician Authors
JuneComplementary and Alternative Therapies-Medicine's Response
MayThe Country Doctor
AprilThe "R" Word-Ethical Allocation of Medicine's Resources
MarchHealth Information Technology and Clinical Practice
FebruaryEthical Challenges in Community-Based Participatory Research
JanuaryEthics and the Role of Guidelines in Medical Practice


DecemberEthical Issues in Ophthalmology
NovemberGray Matters-Neuroethics in the Twenty-First Century
OctoberEthical Challenges in Modern Cardiovascular Medicine
SeptemberNatural Disasters, Quarantine, and Public Health Emergencies
AugustSexual Orientation, Gender Identification, and Patient Care
JulyPediatric Palliative Care
JuneTime and Resource Constraints in the Emergency Department
MayEthics in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
AprilMedical Ethics Confronts Obesity
MarchGlobal Health Ethics in Practice
FebruaryEthics and Innovation in Surgery
JanuaryNurses and the Medical Team


DecemberHIV Care and Ethics
NovemberHumanizing Physician Learning
OctoberReligion, Patients, and Medical Ethics
SeptemberEthical Questions in Genetic Testing
AugustProblematizing the Principle of Autonomy
JulyMedicine in the Era of Globalization
JuneMedicine and the Environment: Doing No Harm
MaySpecialty Choice and Business Decisions in Medicine
AprilEthics in Clinical Research
MarchChallenged Patient-Physician Relationships
FebruaryProfessional Responsibility in Preventing Violence and Abuse
JanuaryMedical Care for Homeless Individuals


DecemberHospitalists and Patient Care
NovemberEthical Questions in Prevention
OctoberEthics and Neonatal Intensive Care
SeptemberEthical Issues in Sleep Medicine
AugustEstablishing the Boundaries of Informed Consent
JulySex and Gender in Medicine
JuneQuality of Life and Geriatric Patients
MaySystem Constraints on Optimal Care
AprilMedical Care for U.S. Immigrants
MarchMedicine and Personhood
FebruaryCaring for the Incarcerated Patient
JanuaryEthical Issues in Diagnosing and Treating Addiction


DecemberEthics and Public Health: Physicians as Agents of the State
NovemberEthical Issues in Diagnostic Radiology
OctoberMedicine, Ethics, and War
SeptemberThe Parental-Fetal Disconnect
AugustEthics and Multiculturalism in the Patient-Physician Encounter
JulyPhysician Accountability
JuneGoals of Medicine: Decision Making at the Margins
MayRoman Catholic Medical Ethics: Beginning and End-of-Life Issues
AprilProfessional Development in Medical School
MarchMedia Influence on the Practice of Medicine
FebruaryPatients, Doctors and Medical Device Technologies
JanuaryEthics of Cancer Care and Research


DecemberGlobal Health: Ethics of International Medical Volunteerism
NovemberUnderstanding the Illness-Poverty Relationship
OctoberParental Competence in Medical Caregiving and Decision Making
SeptemberHumanist Approaches to Care at the End of Life
AugustEthical Issues in Dermatology
JulyState of the Art of Healing in the 21st Century
JuneSound Prescribing
MayConflict of Values in the Clinical Setting
AprilEthical Questions Posed by Emerging Epidemics
MarchCost of Care
FebruaryExpertise in Medicine
JanuaryEthical Issues in Screening