Letter from MDAdvantage® Chairman and CEO Patricia A. Costante
Welcome to the first issue of 2021 – an issue focused on medical ethics. While medical ethics has always been a significant area of interest for our Editorial Board, the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly brought a number of important ethical issues to the forefront of our collective minds. Issues that suddenly moved from theoretical to real included scarce resource allocation, mandatory vaccinations, the triage and prioritization of patient treatment, mistrust of government and science, the professional responsibilities of healthcare providers who are putting themselves at risk, and the maintenance of patient confidentiality during a public health crisis, to name just a few. We explore many of these topics in this issue, and will continue to cover these and additional topics throughout the coming year.
In the midst of the pandemic, it seems even more important than ever to acknowledge the accomplishments of our healthcare leaders. While this year’s EJI Excellence in Medicine Awards program will be different than our traditional annual black-tie event, the meaning behind these honors has certainly not been lost. I invite all of you to participate in the 2021 awards program in support of our latest slate of ten scholarship students. For more information on the EJI Excellence in Medicine Awards, visit www.EJIawards.org.
Chairman & CEO
MDAdvantage Insurance Company