Professionalism in Medicine: A Case-Based Guide for Medical Students

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Learning medical professionalism is a challenging, evolving, and life-long endeavor. Professionalism in Medicine: A Case-Based Guide for Medical Students helps begin this process by engaging students and their teachers in reflection on cases that resonate with the experiences of life in medicine. Through the book's seventy-two cases, commentaries, videos, and literature-based reviews, students explore the many challenging areas of medical professionalism. Readers will appreciate the provocative professionalism dilemmas encountered by students from the pre-clinical years and clinical rotations and by physicians of various specialties. Each case is followed by two commentaries by writers who are involved in health care decisions related to that case, and who represent a wide variety of perspectives. Authors represent 46 medical schools and other institutions and include physicians, medical students, medical ethicists, lawyers, psychologists, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, health care administrators, and patient advocates.
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"Current medical education-in which integrity is easily professed yet rarely examined and empathy withers across the arc of medical training-is contrasted with the possibility of training physicians to be trustworthy stewards for patients and the public. Directed to medical students and their educators for progressive development across all medical school years, this ambitious resource supports this nearly unimaginable transformation with scholarly analysis while remaining accessible to professional and lay audiences interested in medical education, professionalism, and health care reform." - JAMA (2011), Y.S. Bradshaw, DO, MS, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, USA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521879323
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Spandorfer, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine, an Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Jefferson Medical College and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.

Charles A. Pohl, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics, an Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Jefferson Medical College and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Susan L. Rattner, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine and Family and Community Medicine, a Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/UME at Jefferson Medical College and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.

Thomas J. Nasca, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine and Master in the American College of Physicians.

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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

Part 1 Defining Medical Professionalism

1 Defining, Teaching, and Learning Professionalism 7

Part 2 Cases Involving Medical Students

2 Student and Faculty Cases 25

Part 3 Cases Involving Physicians

3 Principle of Primacy of Patient Welfare 115

Cases and Commentaries


4 Principle of Patient Autonomy 154

Cases and Commentaries


5 Principle of Social Justice 189

Cases and Commentaries


6 Commitment to Honesty with Patients 230

Cases and Commentaries


7 Commitment to Patient Confidentiality 273

Cases and Commentaries


8 Commitment to Improving Quality of Care 309

Cases and Commentaries


9 Commitment to Maintaining Trust by Managing Conflicts of Interest 361

Cases and Commentaries


10 Commitment to Professional Responsibilities 397

Cases and Commentaries


Appendix: Cases by Specialty 453

Index 455

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