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Professionalism and the Medical Student

Charles K. Francis, MD
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From New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY 10029.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: Charles K. Francis, MD, New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029; e-mail, cfrancis@nyam.org.

Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(9):735-736. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-141-9-200411020-00020
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According to the Charter on Professionalism (1), 3 principles lie at the core of professionalism in medicine. The first principle, primacy of patient welfare, stresses altruistic dedication to the well-being of the individual patient. The second principle, patient autonomy, urges physicians to facilitate patient involvement in treatment decisions. The third core principle, social justice, calls upon physicians to work actively toward equitable societal distribution of health care resources.

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