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I'm Rob Logan, Ph.D., senior staff, U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
Here is what's new this week in To Your Health, a consumer health oriented podcast from NLM, that helps you use MedlinePlus to follow up on weekly topics.
The third ever MD pledge updates what physicians aspire to be — and was recently adopted by the World Medical Association — and published in a viewpoint within the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Here is the new pledge verbatim:
As a member of the medical profession, I solemnly pledge to dedicate my life to the service of humanity.
The health and well being of my patient will be my first consideration.
I will respect the autonomy and dignity of my patient. I will maintain the utmost respect for human life.
I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing, or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient.
I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died.
I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity in accordance with good medical practice.
I will foster the honor and noble traditions of the medical profession.
I will give to my teachers, colleagues, and students the respect and gratitude that is their due.
I will share my medical knowledge for the benefit of the patient and the advancement of healthcare.
I will attend to my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.
I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat.
I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor.
Overall, the new pledge strikes us as contemporary and comprehensive. JAMA explains two of the significant differences between this and a previous version are a better recognition of patient autonomy and the need for physicians to practice what they preach about staying healthy. Let's hope the new pledge has the global impact of elevating morale among medical professionals and improving health care in the U.S. and other nations.
Meanwhile, information about patient rights and ethical practices is accessible within the introduction to MedlinePlus.gov's medical ethics health topic page.
A timeline that explains changes in medical research ethics (from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) is available within the 'resources' section of MedlinePlus.gov's medical ethics health topic page.
MedlinePlus.gov's medical ethics health topic page additionally provides links to the latest pertinent journal research articles, which are available in the 'journal articles' section. In addition, you can sign up to receive updates about medical ethics as they become available on MedlinePlus.gov.
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