Code of Medical Ethics

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CODE OF MEDICAL ETHICS – PMA SECTION
Article 1: GENERAL PRINCIPLES
Section 1. The primary objective of the practice of medicine is SERVICE TO MANKIND, irrespective of race, age, disease, disability, gender, sexual orientation, social standing, creed or political affiliation. In medical practice, REWARD or FINANCIAL GAIN should be a SUBORDINATED CONSIDERATION. Section 2. On entering the profession, a physician assumes the obligation of maintaining the honorable tradition that confers the well-deserved title of a “FRIEND OF MANKIND”. The physician should cherish a proper pride in the calling and conduct himself/herself in accordance with this Code and in the generally accepted principles of the International Code of Medical Ethics. Section 3. Physicians should fulfill the civic duties of a GOOD CITIZEN, must conform to the laws and cooperate with the proper authorities in the application of medical knowledge for the promotion of the common welfare. Section 4. Physicians should WORK TOGETHER in HARMONY and MUTUAL RESPECT. Section 5. Physicians should cooperate with and safeguard the interest, reputation and dignity of PARAMEDICAL and other HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. Section 6. Physicians should be UPRIGHT, DILIGENT, SOBER, MODEST, and WELL-VERSED in both the SCIENCE and the ART of the profession. Section 7. The promotion and advancement of the HEALTH OF THE PATIENT should be prioritized over the benefits of the physicians and the health products industries.

Article II – DUTIES OF PHYSICIANS TO THEIR PATIENTS
Section 1. A physician should be dedicated to provide COMPETENT MEDICAL CARE with FULL PROFESSIONAL SKILL in accordance with the current standards of care, compassion, independence, and respect for human dignity. Section 2. A physician should be FREE TO CHOOSE PATIENTS.

Section 3. In an EMERGENCY, provided there is no risk to his/her safety, a physician should administer at least first aid treatment and then refer the patient to the primary physician and/or to...
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