Welcome to the "Resident Ethics Series: Issues and Scenarios for Discussion and Guidance."
The AAOS Ethics Committee
has created this series to provide orthopaedic surgery residency programs with discussion material to use in training programs across the country. The discussion scenarios
are designed to stimulate discussion via changing scenarios and familiarize the surgeon with guidelines, legalities, and resources to utilize when considering ethical issues.
Ethics in Orthopaedic Surgery
Ethics is an established system of moral principles that govern the rules of conduct. Medical ethics define what the physician ought to do and how he or she should behave. Professionalism in medicine pertains to accepted standards in the practice of medicine that guide societal and professional responsibility and relationships. Professionalism demands placing the interest of patients above those of the physician, setting and maintaining standards of competence and integrity, and providing expert advice to society on matters of health.
Medical ethics is similar to orthopaedic surgery in that there may not be one "correct" answer for every situation. Further, because of various state laws, what is acceptable in one location may not be appropriate in another location. An orthopaedic surgeon has an obligation to know and to follow the law in his or her community.
The PowerPoint slides
in this series are designed to foster an understanding of medical ethics, to stimulate discussion and to encourage further exploration of the common ethical dilemmas encountered during the practice of orthopaedic surgery. Please review this series, discuss the scenarios, and read the AAOS Principles, Code of Medical Ethics and Professionalism
, the Standards of Professionalism
, and the Opinions on Ethics and Professionalism
. We hope you enjoy using this series and learning about important ethical and professionalism issues currently facing orthopaedic surgeons.
The AAOS Ethics Committee welcomes your feedback.