[Skip to Navigation]
Sign In
A Piece of My Mind
May 5, 2020

Moral Choices for Today’s Physician

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2020;323(17):1708-1709. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.2984

The current generation of physicians is the most challenged by moral choices in perhaps a century. Those choices come in three tiers: personal, organizational, and societal.

Carl Sandburg’s poem,1 about fog rolling in “on little cat feet” comes to mind:

Some moral choices arrive with drama, but most do not. Most come unannounced, silent in arrival—on little cat feet—and are gone almost before we notice.

Add or change institution
Limit 200 characters
Limit 25 characters
Conflicts of Interest Disclosure

Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.

Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.

Err on the side of full disclosure.

If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.

Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.

Limit 140 characters
Limit 3600 characters or approximately 600 words