The Center for Ethics and Professionalism
Who We Are
The Center for Ethics and Professionalism is devoted to policy development and implementation on issues related to medical ethics and professionalism, and is a resource for ACP members and the public.
ACP Ethics Manual, Sixth Edition
The ACP Ethics Manual is intended to guide physicians in making ethical decisions in clinical practice, teaching and medical research. MOC and CME credits are available to ACP members and Annals subscribers for completion of an online educational activity and are offered free of charge.
Physician Charter on Professionalism
The Physician Charter on Professionalism was developed through a collaboration between the ABIM Foundation, the ACP Foundation and the European Federation of Internal Medicine.
The ACP Center for Ethics and Professionalism received an ABIM Foundation “Putting the Charter into Practice” grant to develop physician education materials addressing stewardship of health care resources. Read about the "Putting the Charter into Practice" grant projects.
Ethics Issues and Position Papers
The Center staffs the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee in developing position papers, policy statements, case studies and other resources on a broad range of issues in clinical, research and academic medicine. Subjects addressed by the Center include end-of-life care, human rights, physician-industry relations, research integrity and research subject protections, the ethical implications of regulatory and legislative proposals, the ethics of health information technology and the use of online media, patient, caregiver and physician relationships, and other perennial and developing issues of concern to physicians.
Recent position papers developed by the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee and the Center for Ethics and Professionalism are Online Medical Professionalism: Patient and Public Relationships and The Patient-Centered Medical Home: An Ethical Analysis of Principles and Practice.
Our case studies draw on ethical challenges encountered by physicians in every day practice. The commentaries developed by the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee and the Center for Ethics and Professionalism offer a problem-solving approach based on medical ethics principles.
CME credit is available for completion of ACP's Case Studies featured on Medscape.
Ethical Complaints Procedure
Concerns about unprofessional, unethical or illegal conduct on the part of a physician member of the College may come to the College’s attention through a complaints filed by an individual or through other sources. The Center for Ethics and Professionalism is responsible for staffing the complaints process.
ACP Conflict of Interest Policy
For more information on the Center, contact Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD, Director, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, toll free at 800.523.1546 or locally at 215.351.2835.
- Where We Stand: ACP Advocacy Issues
- End-of-Life Care Patient Education Project
- Conflict of Interest Disclosure System
Earn CME Credits
Earn CME Credits through attending live meetings, working online, or watching course recordings on your own schedule.
MKSAP 16 Holiday Special: Save 10%
Use MKSAP 16 to earn MOC points, prepare for ABIM exams and assess your clinical knowledge. For a limited time save 10% when you use priority code MK16TOP2!
Will You be Stumped? Try the Consult Guys and Earn Free CME
The Consult Guys have another stumper! How would you handle this case? Watch the video and take the CME quiz.