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RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society supports the fundamental principles and the set of professional responsibilities articulated in the 2004 American Board of Internal Medicine/American College of Physician Foundation statement, Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium, A Physician Charter:

The fundamental principles of medical professionalism are:

  • Primacy of patient welfare;
  • Patient autonomy;
  • Social justice.

The set of responsibilities are commitments to:

  • Professional competence;
  • Honesty with patients;
  • Patient confidentiality;
  • Maintaining appropriate relations with patients;
  • Improving quality of care;
  • Improving access to care;
  • A just distribution of finite resources;
  • Scientific knowledge;
  • Maintaining trust by managing conflicts of interest; and
  • Professional responsibilities;

(Report C-2007, adopted 10/21/2007)
(reaffirmed, Report F-2012, Item 3-6, adopted 10/27/2012)
(reaffirmed, Board Report-2018, Item 42, adopted 11/3/2018)