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The Practice Guide The responsibility for maintaining medical professionalism lies with physicians themselves. Acting in concert with his or her peers, each physician contributes to defining the expectations or standards of the profession as a whole. Individually, each physician upholds those standards in his or her own actions. Fulfillment of this duty is essential to self-regulation. 2. Reporting Physicians must be aware of their reporting obligations and be truthful and forthright in their reports, whether in the context of patient charting, recording of research results, or providing expert information to third parties (i.e., the court, WSIB, insurance companies). Physicians have a legal and professional duty to keep information about their patients private and confidential. However, under certain circumstances, physicians are required by law, or expected by the College, to report particular events or patient conditions to the appropriate government or regulatory agency. These are ‘mandatory reports’, and are an acceptable breach of patient privacy and confidentiality for a greater societal good. 3. Educating Physicians should teach and learn. The profession, and its service to patients, can only be impr