Ann Fam Med. 2016 Jan-Feb;14(1):76-8. doi: 10.1370/afm.1889.


My personal ethos of healing is an expression of the belief that I can and do act to heal patients while I attend to the traditional goals of medicine. The 7 supporting principles that inform my ethos are dignity, authenticity, integrity, transparency, solidarity, generosity, and resiliency. I invite others, including medical students, residents, and practicing physicians, to reflect and discover their own ethos of healing and the principles that guide their professional growth. A short digital documentary accompanies this essay for use as a reflective prompt to encourage personal and professional development.

Keywords: medical education; medical ethics; medical philosophy; physician-patient relations; physician’s role; professional competence.

Publication types

  • Personal Narrative

MeSH terms

  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Humans
  • Physician's Role / psychology*