Excerpt From Medical Ethics: Real-World Application By Afshin Nasser

Medical Etiquette, Doctor to Doctor

There are certain standards of professional behavior, that physician’s practice in their relationship and conduct other physicians. These behaviors are not considered to be medical ethics issues. A physician expects his/her phone calls to a fellow physician be taken promptly and be seen equally promptly when visiting a physician’s office. This extension of courtesy exists since physicians are often consulting about patients with other physicians.

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There are certain standards of professional behavior, that physician’s practice in their relationship and conduct other physicians. These behaviors are not considered to be medical ethics issues. A physician expects his/her phone calls to a fellow physician be taken promptly and be seen equally promptly when visiting a physician’s office. This extension of courtesy exists since physicians are often consulting about patients with other physicians.

Ethical issues arise when one physician overlooks the medical deficiencies of another physician.

Q-11 A third-year surgical resident is concerned with the conduct of the senior surgeon in the operating room. The surgeon uses lengthy and outdated techniques resulting in greater post-operative pain and extended recovery times. He makes inappropriate jokes about the patients that which bothers and intimidates the nurses. Given the level of hierarchy, the resident is reluctant to discuss the matter with the surgeon or relay his conduct to higher authorities. But he feels that he must somehow improve the situation for all involved parties.

A-The resident has an ethical duty to disclose the unethical behavior, however he is still a physician in training, and he should discuss this with a senior physician.
B-The resident must have a discussion with the senior surgeon, if not successful, he should then report his behavior to the hospital administrators.
C-The resident should appoint the anesthesiologist to report the surgeon.
D-The anesthesiologist should appoint an assisting nurse to discuss the case with senior surgeon

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Medical Ethics: Real-World Application By Afshin Nasser

You may have acquired this book as a result of conflicts with peers, administrators, patients, or State Medical Boards, where the outcomes of those interactions have left you wondering, “…what if I had done things differently?”

In that case, I hope that this book answers some of your questions and guides you with regards to any future quandaries you may encounter.


If you are a healthcare worker seeking to understand the subject of medical ethics, then I hope this book helps you acquire the clarity you seek.
If you are an individual simply curious about medical ethics, then I raise my hat to you for your pursuit of knowledge.