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Virtual Mentor. September 2014, Volume 16, Number 9: 671-781.

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September 2014 Contents

Ethics Poll

Which of the following best describes how you think physicians should manage their public advocacy and expressions of opinion?
Physicians should speak in public forums or to the media only on topics closely related to their specific area of medical expertise because the public tends to think their views are authoritative.
Physicians can speak “as physicians” in public forums or to the media about any health-related topic (e.g., domestic violence, high school shootings), even health-related law and policy issues.
Physicians who speak in public forums or to the media on topics outside their area of medical expertise should ensure that coverage of their remarks clearly states that they are speaking as citizens only, not as physicians.
Physicians should be able to speak “as physicians” no matter what they are commenting on. We do not ask or expect members of other professions to disavow professional status when speaking publicly.
Physicians have an obligation to speak out "as physicians" against any conditions (e.g., environmental, social, economic, human rights) that contribute to poor health.

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From Virtual Mentor Special Contributors

Structural Competency Meets Structural Racism: Race, Politics, and the Structure of Medical Knowledge
Jonathan M. Metzl and Dorothy E. Roberts
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September Theme: Physicians as Agents of Change

From the Editor

Treating Presymptomatically
Audiey C. Kao
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:691-693.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Advocate as a Doctor or Advocate as a Citizen?
Commentary by Matthew Wynia
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:694-698.

A Call to Service: Social Justice Is a Public Health Issue
Commentary by Martin Donohoe and Gordon Schiff
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:699-707.

Medical Students and Rights Campaigns
Commentary by Mark Kuczewski
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:708-711.

Podcast

Physician Activism in Service to Humanity Podcast
Interview with Rajiv Shah

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinion on Physician Advocacy
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:712.

Medical Education

The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program: Four Decades of Training Physicians as Agents of Change
Bharat Kumar
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:713-717.

Teaching Big in Texas: Team-Based Learning for Professionalism Education in Medical Schools
Rebecca Lunstroth and Eugene Boisaubin
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:718-721.

In the Literature

Advocacy by Physicians for Patients and for Social Change
Joshua Freeman
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:722-725.

State of the Art and Science

Greener Clinics, Better Care
Phil Perry
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Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Physicians, Medical Marijuana, and the Law
Joseph Gregorio
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:732-738.

Policy Forum

Preventing Nuclear War: A Professional Responsibility for Physicians
Ira Helfand, Antti Junkkari, and Ogebe Onazi
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:739-744.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

The Medical Committee for Human Rights
John Dittmer
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A Brief History of Environmental Bioethics
Cristina Richie
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:749-752.

Second Thoughts and Correspondence

Second Thoughts

Physicians’ Social Responsibility
Catherine Thomasson
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:753-757.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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About the Contributors
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