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Med Teach. 2010;32(5):357-9. doi: 10.3109/01421591003692722.

Linking the teaching of professionalism to the social contract: a call for cultural humility.

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Centre for Medical Education, McGill University, Quebec, Canada. sylvia.cruess@mcgill.ca

Abstract

Professionalism, which is fundamental to medical practice, must be taught explicitly. It is the basis of medicine's relationship to society, which most observers call a "social contract." The social contract serves as the basis for society's expectations of medicine and medicine's of society. It therefore directly influences professionalism. The role of the healer is universal, but how professionalism is expressed will differ between countries and cultures due to differences in their social contracts. When professionalism is taught, it should be related to the different cultures and social contracts, respecting local customs and values.

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10.3109/01421591003692722
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