There are many aspects to patient care beyond standard medical practice and procedure that are of great significance to healthcare professionals. One topic that is critical to patient care is medical ethics. The American Medical Association (AMA) implemented the Principles of Medical Ethics as a system of rules to regulate the relationship between a doctor and patient. These ethical guidelines are important, not just to doctors, but to all members of the healthcare field, including social workers. This home study provides a comprehensive overview of recent developments in medical ethics, and the following illustrate why this course is relevant to social workers.