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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-86

Ethics for medical educators: An overview and fallacies


Department of Pathology, Sri Venkateshwara Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Pondicherry, India

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Arjun Singh
Department of Pathology, Sri Venkateshwara Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Pondicherry - 605 102
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.78502

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Ethics is the rule of right conduct or practice in a profession. The basic principles of ethics are beneficence, justice and autonomy or individual freedom. There is very minor demarcation between ethics and the law. The ethics is promulgated by the professional bodies. All are expected to guide the medical professional in their practice. Medical educators have dual ethical obligations: firstly, to the society at large which expects us to produce competent health professionals, and secondly, to the students under our care. The students observe and copy what their teacher does and his/her role modelling can be a gateway to a student's character building. Due to rapid increase in the number of medical colleges, privatization, and capitalism, ethical issue has become much more relevant and needs to discuss in detail. The present paper discusses the ethics for medical educators in detail with, basic principles, common breaches of ethics and fallacies due to wrong application of ethical principles, and the approach to ethics and methods by which we can prevent and avoid breach of ethics.


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