Data on the perceptions of scientists suggest a moderate public distrust of scientist's motivations. Bettridge et al. suggest scientist's reluctance to engage the public on controversial ethical issues may be a contributing factor. The authors propose a Scientist's Oath to send a clear message to the public about our ideals.
Keywords: Hippocratic Oath; diversity; duty; engagement; ethics; graduate student; integrity; medical student; public trust; responsibility.
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