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Conflicts of Conscience in Health CareAn Institutional Compromise$
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Holly Fernandez Lynch

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262123051

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262123051.001.0001

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Defining Medical Professionalism

Defining Medical Professionalism

(p.43) 2 Defining Medical Professionalism
Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care

Holly Fernandez Lynch

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This chapter defines the various models of medical professionalism. The challenges to conventional notions of medical professionalism are addressed. The chapter shows that the consent model cannot convincingly be used to support the claim that physicians have a broad obligation to subrogate their personal moral beliefs in order to satisfy patient demands. It demonstrates that the gatekeeper model of professionalism is the only approach capable of laying a solid foundation for the maximum protection of both doctors and patients. In general, the models of professionalism explored in the chapter provide a significant perspective on the conscience clause debate, but only one of them can get out of the current stalemate and move toward a true balancing of interests.

Keywords:   medical professionalism, consent model, gatekeeper model, doctors, patients, conscience clause debate

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