Code of Ethics

As we learn and, subsequently, practice the art and science of medicine, we pledge to:

  • Do no harm to our patients.
  • Put the welfare of our patients above our own self-interest and any consideration of financial gain.
  • Be respectful of the wishes of our patients, consistent with our obligation to “do good”.
  • Maintain the highest standard of honesty and integrity.
  • Treat all people with respect, dignity, impartiality, empathy and compassion, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or other characteristics.
  • Foster a just and inclusive community by speaking out against social injustice, racism, prejudice, and inequity.
  • Strive to eliminate social barriers to health, health disparities, and inequality within our profession.
  • Acknowledge and minimize our implicit and explicit biases as we relate to others.
  • Be just and impartial in allocation of scarce health care resources, but to always advocate first for the rights of our patients.
  • Be consistently attentive to the need to protect the privacy of our patients and to maintain their personal health information in the strictest confidence.
  • Share knowledge freely with patients and colleagues.
  • Maintain balance between our personal and professional lives and nurture our spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being so that we may better care for our patients and loved ones.
  • Maintain a commitment to life-long learning.
  • Be fiscally aware and responsible.
  • Conduct ourselves with grace and humility.
  • Act always in a way that brings honor to ourselves and our profession.