Doctors after Hours: Physicians as Citizens
Individual physicians have built society’s trust in the profession over the centuries by putting patients’ needs before their own interests, holding our health records and family histories in confidence, and applying their specialized knowledge and expertise to our care. This month’s issue asks whether doctors must carry the privilege—and burden—of that trust with them 24/7. Must they conduct themselves as professionals wherever they are, whatever they are doing? And what happens when a doctor “cashes in on” society’s trust to further a nonprofessional cause?