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Ethics in Hand

In 1847 the American Medical Association was founded to establish educational and ethical standards for the profession. For more than 160 years, the AMA's Code of Medical Ethics--the world's first national code of professional conduct--has embodied medicine's commitment to the professionalism and self-regulation on which public trust rests. Today the Code consists of nine core Principles of Medical Ethics, standards of conduct that define the essentials of honorable behavior for physicians, and more than 200 Opinions developed by the AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs that interpret those principles to address a wide range of contemporary ethical issues.

Ethics in Hand are pocket-sized guides to the Code for physicians and medical students. Each includes a brief history of the Code, a description of how ethics policy is developed, and scenarios that demonstrate the relevance of the Code for practicing physicians (physician guide) and trainees (student guide).

View below to print a complimentary copy. If you need hard copies, please contact Kelly.Shaw@ama-assn.org and ask for the physician or student version of Ethics in Hand.

Physician Version

Student Version