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Medical Ethics for Senior Medical Doctors (Episode II)


Sukhit Phaosavasdi, MD*, Surasak Taneepanichskul, MD*,
Yuen Tannirandorn, MD*, Manopchai Thamkhantho, MD, MRCOG*,
Chumsak Pruksapong, MD*, Aurchart Kanjanapitak, MD*

* Member of the Medical Association of Thailand


Are we worried about ourselves much? What about our family members? If anything goes wrong, who will take care of our family? At present, medical ethics have been integrated into the medical student curriculum, which is virtually good for Thai society. But unfortunately, some parts of it have been totally ignored, i.e. how to instruct as well as protect the good ethical people in our profession, as you can see only compassion will be rewarded, nothing else can to be offered.
In Thai society, it is truly believed that medical doctors are smart, knowledgeable, clever and ethical. How to make the usefulness out of these? The ethical people have got to be smart enough to survive in this competitive society. So, the praise and promotion of merit as well as ethics for the medical students in context of the society, how can it be achieved, nowadays?
It is very common to state that the merit and ethics are the value with dignity of the medical profession which we should be proud of. They also exist in other professions such as teachers, judges, soldiers, and policemen. Are they much less ethical than our medical profession? Why do we strongly believe that we are far better or more superior than the others? So much jealousy is around. We should realize and appreciate that, nowadays if any medical doctors are found guilty, members of society seem to be very satisfied and happy to condemn and penalize them without any sorrow and forgiveness. Is it about the right time for us to consider critically about these precious and expensive lessons. Does it need to be corrected or must we look for the appropriate solutions?

Keyword : Senior physician, Ethics

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