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Professionalism of Medicine in the 21st Century

An article is titled Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter in the Annals of Internal Medicine, vol. 136, no. 3, pages 243-246, February 5, 2002, http://www.annals.org/content/136/3/243.full?ijkey=49cf14ffb35a6afdba3a14871f01fb39ad23066f&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha In the second paragraph appears the words: “…conditions of medical practice are tempting physicians to abandon their commitment to the primacy of patient welfare” The article then goes on to discuses a preamble “Professionalism is the basis of medicine’s contract with society. It demands placing the interests of patients above those of the physician, setting and maintaining standards of competence and integrity, and providing expert advice to society on matters of health. The principles and responsibilities of medical professionalism must be clearly understood by both the profession and society. Essential to this contract is public trust in physicians, which depends on the integrity of both individual physicians and the whole profession.” The article talks about 3 fundamental principles of medical professionalism: Principle of primacy of patient welfare Principle of patient autonomy Principle of social justice The article then discusses a set of Professional Responsibilities Commitment to professional competence Commitment to honesty with patients Commitment to patient confidentiality Commitment to maintaining appropriate relations with patients. Commitment to improving quality of care Commitment to […]

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Coupons.com Save Money While You Buy Food

I have recently been using a website called coupons.com frequently whenever I am going to go to the grocery store. I feel like if you have a few extra minutes that you can really save some money while you shop for food at your grocery store. Coupons.com allows you to search the current available coupons in your area. You then can select which ones you like, also known as clip, and then you can install a simple piece of software in order to print out the coupons. The coupons from Coupons.com work just like normal coupons you would find in your local newspaper. The difference is is that you print them out at home with your printer. If you don’t regularly get a newspaper then Coupons.com really makes it convenient to still save money on your groceries. I personally don’t advocate always looking to buy the cheapest food you possibly can. It is known that some of the cheaper food isn’t always the most healthy choice. I am simply suggesting an additional way to save a few dollars each week on food you would normally buy. Certainly, it probably is not a good idea to just buy food based on […]

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Doctor Shortage

Many recent studies point to the fact that in several years from now the United States will be faced with a doctor shortage. This will specifically affect primary care doctors. These are the doctors you see when you are feeling or having something wrong with you in a general sense. They help guide you towards finding a specialist and aiding in preventative measures. The American Medical Association has said it will support through financial incentives medical students who choose to go into primary care. However,  medical students feel the paperwork and charting required of primary care physicians is very tedious and difficult when the system is not built to treat chronically ill patients. President-elect Barack Obama will have a tough time charting through the teritory of making sure there are enough doctors to the people that need this. This will be crucial in the future and is a necessary issue that needs to be addressed by those supporting health changes. For more information read “Where Have All the Doctors Gone?”by the New York Times

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