The AMA was founded in part to establish the first national codification of medical ethics. The AMA Code of Medical Ethics and the AMA Journal of Ethics® collectively underscore AMA’s commitment to promote the art of medicine and the betterment of public health. The Code is widely recognized as the most comprehensive ethics guide for physicians. The opinions in the Code address issues and challenges confronting the medical profession and represent AMA policy. Published monthly, the Journal examines a wide range of timely perspectives and questions of ethical importance in health care. The Journal is editorially independent from AMA governance.
No COVID-19 vaccination, no care? Why that’s the wrong path
Physicians generally are obligated to care for patients, no matter their vaccination status. Learn about guidance from the AMA Code of Medical Ethics.
Why physician competence should be top of mind, every day
It undergirds professional autonomy and the privilege of self-regulation. Learn with the AMA about self-assessment and self-awareness strategies.
Can physicians decline unvaccinated patients?
The AMA Code of Medical Ethics provides guidance for physicians on seeing patients who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19.
Why implantable medical devices are a big test for regulators
Learn about the ethical challenges of balancing patient safety with demand for lifesaving and life-improving technologies.
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