AAD asks members to take ethics pledge

Stephen-Webster--MD.pngBy Stephen Webster, MD 

There are many valid ways to consider ethical issues and to elevate the profile of ethical decision-making without forcing dermatologists into a single way of approaching medical ethics.

As such, the AAD's Professionalism and Ethics Committee has proposed a four-part voluntary pledge, ratified earlier this month by the AAD Board of Directors: 

In acting as a dermatologist, I will strive to:

  1. Put my patients' welfare above other interests;
  2. Provide care that adheres to professional standards of practice;
  3. Provide care for those in need; and
  4. Foster collegiality through interaction with the medical community.

The pledge sets the basic framework for an ethical practice; it is not designed to set unattainable or unrealistic standards. 

As such, it is hoped that AAD members will strive to adhere to this pledge as an acceptable standard of conduct. The pledge symbolizes our commitment to ethical practice; not only to each other, but also to colleagues in other fields and the public at large.

We encourage all members to take the pledge at the AAD’s new Professionalism and Ethics Resource Center. This new resource also allows you to discover a wealth of valuable resources on ethics and professionalism. In the near future, as an added AAD member benefit, we will offer an online course that will allow you to earn CME credits by considering ethical case studies commonly encountered in your day-to-day practice.

Take the pledge

Dr. Webster is a member of the Academy’s Professionalism & Ethics Committee, Professionalism & Ethics Module Work Group, Member Resources on Ethical Issues Work Group, and a former president of the Academy.