All Members of the West Virginia Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association are bound by the Principles of Medical Ethics With Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry.
It is important for even seasoned psychiatrists to regularly review the ethical principles to help ensure their practices are in compliance. The Opinions of the Ethics Committee on the Principles of Medical Ethics can be accessed on the APA website to assist members and District Branches in understanding and applying the principles. Another valuable resource is the Ethics Primer, a practical compilation of ethical thinking regarding the most frequently encountered problems facing all psychiatrists, including residents.
The AMA and the APA periodically publish updates to the ethical guidelines. The most up-to-date documents can be found on the APA ethics page.