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What should be the character attributes of a doctor as defined by the MCI?

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Dr KK Aggarwal and Ms Ira Gupta    23 March 2018

The Medical Council of India (MCI) Code of Ethics Regulations 2002 has defined the character of doctors in Regulation 1.1.

“1.1.1 A physician shall uphold the dignity and honour of his profession.

1.1.2 The prime object of the medical profession is to render service to humanity; reward or financial gain is a subordinate consideration. Who-so-ever chooses his profession, assumes the obligation to conduct himself in accordance with its ideals. A physician should be an upright man, instructed in the art of healings. He shall keep himself pure in character and be diligent in caring for the sick; he should be modest, sober, patient, prompt in discharging his duty without anxiety; conducting himself with propriety in his profession and in all the actions of his life.”

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