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Thanks to Dr Barry for the great insight in his editorial about post graduate ethics requirements for licensure. As a member of the Board that brought that resolution to the House of Delegates I was disappointed to see that part of the resolution removed before going to a vote. The truth is we have a significant ethics problem in our profession. Just ask anyone who has served on DQAC for at least a year and I’m certain they will be happy to give you some true life examples. After passing the initial jurisprudence exam how many of us seek out information about changes in laws that affect our practice? When is the last time you or your neighbor read the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct? Not only do laws and rules change often but our Code is revised on an ongoing basis. Educating our profession in ethics, jurisprudence, and professionalism is sorely needed. Dean Joel Berg has made a commitment to making this as a thread throughout the new curriculum at the UWSoD and as Dr. Barry pointed out, there is CE available right now to make this happen after graduation. I can only hope that members like Dr. Barry will keep this idea alive and a future House will realize the importance this brings to our profession.
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