Medical examining boards, hospitals and other institutions are required to give their oaths of office to their members, and the oaths are usually delivered in person.
Now, some medical examiners are urging their peers to do the same.
A letter signed by a group of doctors’ associations, physicians, and other medical professionals said that the medical profession should give its members the opportunity to publicly pledge their allegiance to the oath.
The letter, which was written by the American Medical Association’s Ethics & Standards Board and signed by doctors from more than 50 states, was issued Friday.
The letter was drafted to encourage more doctors to take the oath, and it was sent to medical examining board members and state licensing boards.
The American Medical Protective Association, which represents more than 2,000 examiners and other examiners, has called for more public oaths to be given.
The AMA and other organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Anaesthetists, the Association of Medical Administrators, the International Association of Anesthesiologists, and others, have been lobbying for more transparency and public discussion of medical examinations.
The medical examinating boards, which administer medical examinations and other examinations for the medical professions, have not yet publicly released the full list of medical exams they have issued, but they have given their official oaths, including an official list of the oath-taker and his or her official name.