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Thursday, 1 December 2011

Ethics of Physician Self-Disclosure

Shara Yurkiewicz, an enterprising second year student at Harvard Medical School, edited the December issue of the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, an on-line publication targeted to medical students, residents and fellows. Shara developed a short case that raised questions about physician self-disclosure and asked me to comment on it. It's a fascinating part of clinical practice. You can read the piece here if you're interested.

Shara writes a great blog about her experiences at medical school. You can see it here.

P.S. I didn't choose the title ("Is Physician Self-Disclosure Ever Appropriate?"). It would seem nonsensical to argue that self-disclosure is never appropriate. The important questions are - when is it appropriate and how should we decide?


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