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.
Essential Tools & Resources
Code of Medical Ethics
Medical ethics FAQs
Declaration of Professional Responsibility
How ethics of meat and health transcend the dinner plate
Meat production creates ethical challenges both within clinical practice and at an institutional level. Learn how to respond.
Temple Grandin on what doctors should know about slaughterhouses
Animals raised for meat deserve a low-stress death. In an interview, Temple Grandin details slaughterhouse methods and where they need to improve.
Why older adults benefit from regular doses of humor
A healthy aging initiative at Atlantic Health System prescribes laughter as a key to lowering stress among older adults. Learn more with the AMA.
How physicians’ duties grow when they serve in government
The pandemic has shined a brighter light on physicians in government roles. Learn about the ethical considerations with the AMA.
Ethics Group Internship
The Ethic Groups internship offers candidates first-hand insight to the formation of AMA ethics policy.
Strengthen your voice
AMA members unify to empower the collective physician voice on innovations and emerging issues that impact physicians and public health today.
FREIDA™, the AMA Residency and Fellowship Database®
Save, rank, take notes, download and compare programs.Access FREIDA. Find your Match.