Professionalism and ethics
The professional and ethical role of a general practitioner is identified by the RACGP as one of five domains of competent unsupervised practice. The RACGP curriculum states “The GP’s professional and ethical role relates to their behaviour with respect to patients, colleagues and the community. Professional and ethical role includes the following areas: duty of care, standards, self-appraisal, teacher role, research, self-care and networks.”
In this module the registrar is expected to complete a reflective activity before the teaching session. During the session, the registrar is to discuss two case studies and their responses to the reflective activity with their supervisor. The case studies raise aspects of professionalism and ethical practice. Brief notes for the supervisor are included. The module should be completed during a one hour face-to-face teaching session.
This module forms part of a larger teaching program for professionalism and ethics at Valley to Coast.
Reflect upon professional codes of ethics
Understand the rights of patients to access competent, compassionate care, to be fully informed, and their right to self determination
Read Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia (Medical Board of Australia)
Complete reflective activity before the teaching session
Registrar to discuss with the supervisor the case studies and responses to the reflective activity
Further reading for those that are interested
End of life decisions and the law (Australian Family Physician 2008)
Patients, friends, and relationship boundaries (Canadian Family Physician 1993)