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Hum Pathol. 2002 Aug;33(8):779-82.

Ethical and professional issues in pathology: a survey of current issues and educational efforts.

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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Section of Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA.


Professionalism, including ethics, has assumed greater importance in residency education, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education now requires its incorporation into residency training. Insight into current ethics education, as well as those ethical issues important to pathology, would be efficacious. A mail survey was sent to all members of the Association of Pathology Chairs that asked for specific information related to pathology resident education in ethics and identification of important ethical issues in the current practice of pathology. A total of 148 surveys were mailed, and 53 (35.8%) were returned. Formal instruction in ethics is provided by approximately 62% of pathology residency training programs, and 94% provide informal ethics education. However, 84% of programs believed that ethical issues were underrecognized, and 38% believed that current ethics training was inadequate. Issues regarding the use of tissue for research, confidentiality and privacy, and professionalism were identified as the most important ethical issues currently encountered in pathology.

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