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The role of professionalism in clinical practice, medical education, biomedical research and health care administration

Medical doctors are granted a license to practice following years of study and diligent assessment. Licensure is granted on the understanding that doctors will use their knowledge and skills to meet and advance the needs of their patients and, in so doing, place those needs ahead of other considerations, most notably self-interest. The compact thus formed engenders trust between the medical profession, patients, and society. The smooth functioning of a modern healthcare system cannot occur in the absence of trust. The adverse experience of healthcare systems in

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