7 Jun 2011
I’ve always had a great deal of respect for the medical profession.
Unlike lawyers, accountants, Realtors, or even the clergy, the decisions they make affect life and limb. For doctors, ethical conduct isn’t just a means of maintaining the public trust; it’s an essential to their mandate of saving lives.
My doctor has this sign posted on her door:
To me, it demonstrates the importance of a values-based ethics system, over a rule-based ethics system.
In the end, we might be accountable to our clients and the profession. But if your values lead you to act ethically only when you are being watched, are you really an ethical professional?