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Professionalism and governance of the profession by its institutions should be linked at a fundamental level. The philosophical roots of professionalism include the Hippocratic tradition of medicine as a moral enterprise; the transition of medicine from guild to profession with a commitment to competence, altruism, and public trust; and the responsibility of the profession to prepare the next generation of physicians to serve the public (eFigure in the Supplement). A voluntary oath taken at graduation commits each physician to these principles. Governance must serve these fundamental principles.
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