Virtual Mentor

Virtual Mentor. July 2014

This month in Virtual Mentor

Ethical Issues in the Physician-Athlete Relationship

Sports are risky. Whether the goal is winning, adventure, exercise, or just fun, engaging in athletic activity exposes one to various degrees of harm. Physicians, then, should be consulted before undertaking—or allowing one’s child to participate in—any form of sport. In weighing the risks and benefits of high school football, clearing an amateur adventurer for a strenuous climb, or managing requests for performance-enhancing substances, physicians confront ethical challenges in their relationships with athletes and parents of aspiring competitors. July’s Virtual Mentor authors share vast knowledge and experience on how those challenges can best be met.

Upcoming Issues

August The Humanities in Medical Education

September Physicians as Agents of Social Change

October Ethics in Reproductive Care

November Medicine's Role in Validating Sexual Norms