Caring is fundamental for all human activities, including professional ones. The concept that describes most accurately the care offered in the public domain is ethical care. Despite the differences between the practices of the two domains, medicine and teaching, there are also similarities from the perspective of the act of caring. Both are cognitive, technical and ethical, relational activities. In formal education, the principle of care can be related to the following aspects of the didactic process: teacher-child relationship, the management of school groups, the choice of teaching strategies, construction of the curriculum. In medicine, the value of care is most often analyzed from three perspectives: its introduction in the curriculum, the conduct of research from the perspective of all the parts involved in the medical act (medical staff and patients) and building an attitudinal and behavioural portrait of the care bearer.
Key words: care, ethical care, medicine, teaching profession