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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lori Boyd, BA, MA, MRT (R)(The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences)
Description: This book provides an in-depth understanding of the challenges of assessing professionalism in medical education. It begins by investigating the concept of professionalism as presented through the academic literature. Acknowledging professionalism is a multidimensional concept, each aspect is considered separately and the best methodology to assess each component thoroughly discussed.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of the theory supporting various assessment methods of professionalism in medical education and to discuss the implementation in educational practice. Assessing professionalism has posed problems for educators for decades. This practical book written by experts in the field is an extremely important contribution to the discipline of health and medical education. David Thomas Stern has compiled an excellent and useful collection of articles addressing this topic.
Audience: This book is written primarily for medical educators. However, much of the information is useful for anyone involved in the education of health practitioners such as nursing or allied health. The editor has drawn from authorities in a variety of disciplines to put together a well-rounded perspective on the topic of professionalism.
Features: A variety of topics related to professionalism are covered. The book begins by considering definitions and rationale for needing valid assessment tools. Next, it considers assessment methods used for specific components such as communication, moral reasoning, empathy and teamwork. Different assessment methods such as OSCEs, peer review, reflection, and portfolios are considered individually. Admission processes and accreditation requirements are also touched upon later in the book. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the subject and provides much insight for educators struggling with evaluation of performance in this area.
Assessment: This is an essential read for any health educator. It is a well-balanced perspective with excellent consideration of the benefits and drawbacks of a variety of methods currently used to evaluate professionalism in medical and health education. Educators recognize that this is one of the most challenging areas to develop and assess with our students. Yet we intuitively know that professionalism is also one of the most important qualities needed for optimal patient care and safety.