AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2003, Volume 5, Number 3.

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March 2003 Contents

Medical Residency

Ethics Poll

Do you (or did you) moonlight while in residency training?

  • Yes - 55%
  • No - 45%

If so, how many moonlighting hours per month did you average?

  • 0 - 43 %
  • 1-10 - 30 %
  • 11-20 - 13%
  • 21-30 - 8%
  • 31 or more - 8%

What is (was) the most important motivation for moonlighting?

  • Money to pay off education debt -2 8%
  • Extra disposable income - 28%
  • Experience to enhance residency training - 5%
  • N/A - 40%

Do you agree that hours spent moonlighting should be included in the 80 hours per week that residents are allowed to work?

  • Yes - 68%
  • No - 13%

From the Editor

Job Description: Resident
Faith Lagay
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Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Performing Procedures on the Newly Deceased
Commentary by Leonard Morse and Gregory Larkin
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An Impaired Resident
Commentary by Erin Egan and Dewitt C. Baldwin
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Journal Discussion

Debate Over the 80-Hour Work Week
Jeremy Spevick
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Clinical Pearl

Diagnosing Alcohol Abuse and Treating Withdrawal Syndrome
Audiey Kao
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Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Are Surgery Residents Liable for Medical Error
Lisa Panique
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Policy Forum

Justice in Residency Placement
Timothy F. Murphy
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National Residency Matching Program Proposed Rule Change
Douglas C. Miller
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Medicine and Society

Moonlighting for Charity
Audiey Kao
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Op-Ed and Correspondence


Random Acts of Kindness: Sustaining the Morale and Morals of Professionalism
Audiey Kao
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History, Art, and Narrative

Medical Humanities

Going beyond "We Did Everything We Could"
Joseph Bovi
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Suggested Readings and Resources
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Test Questions
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About the Contributors
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