Professionalism in emergency medicine

M. A. Finkel, J. G. Adams*

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At its root, medical professionalism is service delivered according to patient's interest. It is essential to reinforce this notion because financial pressures threaten the integrity of the patient-physician relationship. Excessive commercialism directly contrasts the ideals of medical professionalism. This fact necessitates re-examination and reaffirmation of professional behavior. If historical standards of professionalism give way to market-driven incentives, the provision of medical care will become a commodity and the practitioners will be only agents of service delivery. Such a model not only threatens the physician's identity, but also threatens the patient's interests. Medicine can never succeed as a transaction; it can only succeed as a partnership, a trusting exchange with patients, which is the hallmark of professionalism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-450
Number of pages8
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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