Medical Ethics Day set for Sept. 18

Ethics reflect the heart and health of the medical profession, CEJA's chair says.

By Andis Robeznieks — Posted Sept. 13, 2004

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The American Medical Association will mark the first-ever global Medical Ethics Day with a program on the AMA Code of Ethics, radio messages and a drive to collect stethoscopes for use in nations where medical instruments are in short supply.

Last year, the World Medical Assn. proclaimed that a global Medical Ethics Day will be observed every Sept. 18 (the date the WMA was founded in 1947) to highlight and promote the presence of ethics in medicine.

On Sept. 17 in Chicago, a program titled "Strong Opinions: Selections from the AMA Code of Ethics" will mark the first Medical Ethics Day and herald the release of the latest edition of the AMA code, which includes new opinions on issues such as genome research, e-mail, errors and cloning.

"Ultimately, the AMA was organized around the Code of Ethics itself," said AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs Chair Michael Goldrich, MD, in a news release. "It's not only the heart of our profession -- it's the health of our organization."

AMA President John C. Nelson, MD, will speak about the relevance of ethics in a taped message to be heard the weeks of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 on "Radio Health Journal," a half-hour news magazine heard on 415 stations. For station information, call 847-299-9500. Information on the stethoscope-collection drive the AMA is organizing with other medical societies is online (link).

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