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Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Summer;22(2):111-2. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2010.08.002.

Professionalism in medicine: are we closer to unifying principles?

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  • 1Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA. jdcunha@umn.edu

Abstract

The enhancement of professionalism in surgery and medicine is an important goal for all healthcare providers, both at the individual level of the physician and at the large-scale level of the healthcare system. Recently, much has been written about the challenges in implementing the concept of professionalism within healthcare delivery. The dilemma of ensuring a uniform commitment to professional behavior from all physicians has gained particular attention. In a unique approach, Lucey and Souba advocate for addressing the problem of lapses in professionalism as a form of medical error. This perspective may provide a fresh outlook on the problem.

Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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