AMA Journal of Ethics

Published by the American Medical Association.

An open-access, MEDLINE-indexed online journal of expert-solicited and peer-reviewed content that receives over one million visits annually. Our editorial mission is to help medical students and physicians make sound ethical decisions in service to patients and society. Founded in 1999, the AMA Journal of Ethics explores the ethical questions and challenges that students, residents, and other physicians confront in their educational and practice careers. This journal is a valuable teaching resource for medical educators at all levels. Therefore, each monthly issue contains original articles and commentary on a given theme-e.g., access to care; quality-of-life considerations in clinical decision making, public roles of physicians, ethical issues in a given medical specialty, new medical technologies, conflict of values in the clinic.

The AMA Journal of Ethics maintains editorial independence as defined by the World Association of Medical Editors. This means that the journal’s editor in chief has full authority over its content. In support of the journal’s editorial independence, the AMA Journal of Ethics’ editorial board members are recognized leaders in medical education, law and medicine, philosophy and ethics, and ethics policy making at the national level.

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