Professionalism in Medicine: Critical Perspectives / Edition 1

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The topic of professionalism has dominated the content of major academic medicine publications (e.g. Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, The Lancet) during the past decade and continues to do so. The message of this current wave of professionalism is that medical educators need to be more attentive to the moral sensibilities of trainees, to their interpersonal and affective dimensions, and to their social conscience, all to the end of skilled, humanistic physicians. Urgent calls to address professionalism from such groups as the Association of American Medical Colleges (representing the nation's 126 accredited medical schools and nearly 400 major teaching hospitals), the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, among others. In fact, at the 2004 annual meeting of the AAMC six separate presentations addressed professionalism with such titles as "Evaluating Humanism and Professionalism," Professionalism: Expectation, Education, Evaluation," or "Toward Assessing Professional Behaviors of Medical Students through Peer Observations" (note the preoccupation with assessment). Professionalism, then, has become part of the current academic medicine parlance, used by administrators, clinical faculty, residency programs, and professional organizations with an expectation of shared meanings and goals. All of these stakeholders focus on what has become a consistent list of attributes deemed to be the essence of professionalism, which usually include variations on altruism, duty, excellence, honor and integrity, accountability, and respect. In fact, most of the scholarly work to date has been listing (attributes of professionalism), describing (activities that may foster it), decrying (the environment that works against it), and measuring/evaluating it. In this collection of essays, we don't argue

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"This text presents an interesting counterpoint to the body of perceived wisdom on professionalism. … The volume is most effective when it offers practical solutions to the current problems that they posit are facing the construct of professionalism and its delivery to medical students." (Alice Z. Frohna, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 297 (19), 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387327266
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.- Part One.- Conceptualizing Professionalism.- The Complexities of Medical Professionalism: A Preliminary Investigation.- An Analysis of the Discourse of Professionalism.- Professionalism: Curriculum Goals and Meeting Their Challenges.- Part Two.- Teaching Professionalism.- Medical Professionalism: The Nature of Story and the Story of Nature.- Patient Respect: A Case Study of the Formal and Hidden Curriculum.- You Say Self-Interest, I Say Altruism.- The Role of Ethics within Professionalism Inquiry: Defining Identity and Distinguishing Boundary.- Medical Professionals and the Discourse of Professionalism: Teaching Implications.- Part Three.- Assessing Professionalism.- Educating for Professionalism at Indiana University School of Medicine: Feet on the Ground and Fresh Eyes.- The Problem with Evaluating Professionalism: The Case against the Current Dogma.- How Medical Training Mangles Professionalism: The Prolonged Death of Compassion.- Wit is Not Enough.- Professionalism and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.- Coda .- List of Contributors.- Index .

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