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Owning Medical Professionalism
Jon C. Tilburt & Richard R. Sharp

Discontinuity, handoffs, and shiftwork have infiltrated the fabric of healthcare. These changes, made in the name of patient safety, may have the unintended effect of reducing residency training to little more than a terrible shift job, disconnected from the professional ethos so critical to the practice of medicine […] ...

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Four Roles of Ethical Theory in Clinical Ethics Consultation
Morten Magelssen, Reidar Pedersen & Reidun Førde

When clinical ethics committee members discuss a complex ethical dilemma, what use do they have for normative ethical theories? Members without training in ethical theory may still contribute to a pointed and nuanced analysis. Nonetheless, the knowledge and use of ethical theories can play four important roles: aiding in the initial awareness and identification of the moral challenges, assisting i...

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The Importance of Fostering Ownership During Medical Training
Alex Dubov, Liana Fraenkel & Elizabeth Seng

There is a need to consider the impact of the new resident-hours regulations on the variety of aspects of medical education and patient care. Most existing literature about this subject has focused on the role of fatigue in resident performance, education, and health care delivery. However, there are other possible consequences of these new regulations, including a negative impact on decision owne...

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