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Pragmatic message to junior doctors
  1. Hassan Chamsi-Pasha1,
  2. Majed Chamsi-Pasha2,
  3. Mohammed Ali Albar3
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  2. 2Department of Medicine, King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  3. 3Department of Medical Ethics, International Medical Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hassan Chamsi-Pasha, Department of Cardiology, King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, P.O. Box 9862, Jeddah 21159, Saudi Arabia; drhcpasha{at}hotmail.com

Abstract

Although several studies described the experience of doctors in their first postgraduate years, few shed the light on the ethical issues encountered by them. These doctors face a broad range of ‘everyday’ ethical challenges, from breach of confidentiality to truth-telling or improper informed consent. The daily ethical issues faced by junior doctors are not as dramatic as the major issues learned at medical school. Junior doctors have to make the best ethical decisions within the time limits available. Undergraduate medical ethics curricula should give priority to the real-life issues that doctors will face in their first years of practice.

  • MEDICAL ETHICS
  • MEDICAL EDUCATION & TRAINING
  • PRIMARY CARE

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