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Professionalism in Medicine: An A–Z Primer

Duff, Patrick MD

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To be successful as physicians, we should adhere to a simple, time‐honored code of conduct. We must commit ourselves to a lifetime of self‐directed learning. We must strive to be thoughtful, kind, and sensitive. We must avoid arrogance, dogmatism, and negativism. We must be honest, moral, tolerant, trustworthy, and above all else, humble and compassionate. Consistent adherence to these traits will help us maintain the nobility and credibility of the medical profession.

Medicine is a noble and ennobling occupation that demands a high standard of professional behavior.

University of Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal‐Fetal Medicine, Gainesville, Florida

Reprints are not available. Address reprint requests to: Patrick Duff, MD, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal‐Fetal Medicine, P.O. Box 100294, Gainesville, Florida 32610–0294; E‐mail: duffp@obgyn.ufl.edu.

© 2002 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists