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.
Publications & Newsletters
Frequently asked questions on ethics
The AMA is ready to answer your questions on medical ethics. Find out how to file a complaint against a doctor, how to look up AMA ethical rulings and more.
Code of Medical Ethics overview
Read the Principles of Medical Ethics, the Preface & Preamble and access the Code of Medical Ethics Opinions.
Code of Medical Ethics: Research & innovation
Physicians performing clinical research have responsibilities to their patients. Find out how to protect the rights and safety of research participants.
Code of Medical Ethics: Professional self-regulation
As practicing clinicians, educators, professional colleagues, businesspeople and citizens, physicians should hold one another to high standards of conduct.
Code of Medical Ethics: Privacy, confidentiality & medical records
Respecting patients’ privacy is crucial. Find out how patient confidentiality ethics build trust, foster thoughtful decision making and improve care.
Code of Medical Ethics: Physicians & the health of the community
A doctor's job doesn't stop at individual care. Find out how caring for the health of the community can also lead to better health for individual patients.
Code of Medical Ethics CME
The AMA Code of Medical Ethics' interactive CME modules offer concrete advice on how physicians should interact with patients and address critical decisions within their practice.