Korean J Gastroenterol.  2012 Sep;60(3):135-139. 10.4166/kjg.2012.60.3.135.

Medical Ethics as Professional Ethics

  • 1Department of Medical Education, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. kivo@ewha.ac.kr


Contemporary medical ethics is far from the traditional concept of "In-Sul (benevolent art)" or "Yul-Li (ethics)", which emphasizes so much the personality or the character of a doctor. Nowadays, medical ethics should be considered as "professional ethics" which regulates the acts and medical practices of ordinary doctors in their daily practice. The key concepts of the professional ethics are "autonomy", "integrity", and "professional standard" established by medical organizations such as medical societies or associations. Most of Korean doctors have not been familiar with the concept of professional ethics or professionalism, which is due to the modern history of Korea. However, the concept of professional ethics is really critical to Korean doctors from the perspective of professional dignity and social respect to this profession. The current healthcare system of Korea is suffering from many problems of both private and public sector. Nonetheless, the professional ethics is urgently demanded for that very reason.


Medical ethics; Professional ethics; Professionalism; Korean doctor

MeSH Terms

Delivery of Health Care
*Ethics, Medical
*Ethics, Professional
Physician-Patient Relations

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