Supporting teaching and learning of professionalism – changing the educational environment and students’ “navigational skills”

Thomas S. Inui, Ann H. Cottingham, Richard M. Frankel, Debra K. Litzelman, Anthony L. Suchman, Penelope R. Williamson

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Medical schools must insure that the learning environment for medical students promotes the development of explicit and appropriate professional attributes (attitudes, behaviors, and identity) in their medical students. Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Standard MS-31-A: effective July 1, 2008 Professionalism and professional standards in medicine are an active domain of discourse today. The reasons are many. Public concern over the sheer cost of medical care and the growth of un-insurance are daily news fare as are questions about patient safety and quality of care. Concern about how advances in biomedical science will be put to use are also visible. The definition and meaningfulness of “professionalism” are also open for discussion. Sociologists have described professions as learned (highly knowledgeable) and self-regulating domains of work. Others have described professionalism as values-based domains of competency, or the moral core of medicine. Many approaches to education and training in professionalism are also apparent. Organizational and programmatic experimentation has been fueled by residency program requirements for education in professionalism endorsed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and explicit attention to this area of education by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Some state associations of medical schools, for example, the Associated Medical Schools of New York, have seized the initiative and formed “learning networks” to pursue curriculum and organizational development in this domain. In the explosion of literature focused on educating for professionalism, much expository text has been devoted to exploring the various qualities of “the good physician.”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTeaching Medical Professionalism
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780511547348
ISBN (Print)9780521881043
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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