Good advance care planning should happen early in the treatment process to ensure that any treatment reflects the patient's values, goals, hopes, and fears.
1 Nov 2016
With prior planning, physicians can ensure that their patients' wishes are followed at the end of life.
1 Sep 2015
Undocumented patients pose a challenge to medical care, as they have trouble accessing and affording services. The current political environment is making it tougher for those who need help.
1 Oct 2018
The American College of Physicians and Physicians for Human Rights sent a letter to the Minister of Health of Saudi Arabia in support for Saudi physicians and hospitals who have refused to intentionally inflict a spinal cord injury in retribution for an alleged attack that resulted in another person's paralysis. “Consistent with the principle of nonmaleficence,” the letter states, “in medical ethics—to do no harm—we are confident that the use of medical facilities, procedures and personnel to maim human beings is, under all circumstances including the punishment of convicted criminals, abhorrent to physicians everywhere.”
14 Sep 2010
A reader reacts to ethics surrounding civilian and war-time prisoner containment.
1 Sep 2008
Especially during a pandemic, internists are front-line health care physicians.
1 May 2020
A Harvard expert moderates a new column on ethical case studies and suggests some practical strategies for handling and preventing conflicts. Case study: The ethics of end-of-life care erupt in the ICU.
1 Feb 2008
A case study explores the ethical issues that arise when an internal medicine resident posts a picture of a patient's rash, history, and test results on Facebook under the caption, “What's the diagnosis?” The post doesn't contain any of the patient's personal information such as name or age.
9 Feb 2016
The election of Officers and Regents has been completed. Terms become effective at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting at Internal Medicine Meeting 2016 in Washington, D.C.
1 Mar 2016
Twenty years of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act have not led physicians to full understanding of how to implement it in their offices. Four commons myths can be addressed more easily than is commonly thought.
1 Apr 2016