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.
Medical ethics: Big questions arise when patient is “Mr. President”
In some ways, caring for the commander in chief is like caring for any patient. In other ways, it can be more challenging. An AMA ethicist charts the landscape.
What to do when families won’t accept brain death as final word
Brain death is often socially situated and fraught with uncertainty. Learn more in the latest issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.
COVID-19 & vaccine development: Medical ethics
The AMA is tracking the developments on the COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) outbreak, including vaccine developments. Explore topics on equitable vaccination allocation, vaccine trials and more.
Physician Competence, Self-Assessment and Self-Awareness
Ethical responsibility competence requires physicians to understand that in the care of actual patients, competence is fluid and dependent on context.
Ethics Group Internship
The Ethic Groups internship offers candidates first-hand insight to the formation of AMA ethics policy.
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