The Practice Guide: Medical Professionalism and College Policies

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The Practice Guide articulates the profession’s values and the principles of medical practice; provides assistance to the profession in determining its specific duties and the reasons for those duties; and organizes the existing policies of the College within a principled framework and provides a basis for new policy development.
Published September 2007; Revised online 2008

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Table of Contents


Introduction

Values of the Profession

Compassion
Service
Altruism
Trustworthiness

Principles of Practice and Duties of Physicians

A. Individually to the Patient

Principles of Practice

Duties

Demonstrating Professional Competence
Maintaining Confidentiality
Collaborating with Patients and Others
Communicating with Patients and Others
Managing Conflicts of Interest
Advocating for Patients

B. As a Member of the Profession, Collectively to the Public

Principles of Practice

Duties

Participating in Self-Regulation
Reporting
Educating
Learning
Advocating for a Safe Health Care System
Collaborating with Other Health Care Professionals

C. To Themselves and Colleagues

Principles of Practice

Duties

Participating in Self-Regulation
Mentorship
Wellness
Collegiality  

Managing Conflicting Duties

Looking Forward

Supplementary Resources

Note: This Practice Guide is in effect as of September 2007 and is updated online.
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