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Am J Med Sci. 2017 Feb;353(2):101-108. doi: 10.1016/j.amjms.2016.10.012. Epub 2016 Nov 2.

Developing a Physician׳s Professional Identity Through Medical Education.

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1
Office of Academic Affairs, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee. Electronic address: olivek@etsu.edu.
2
Section of Medical Education, Office of Academic Affairs, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Abstract

Professionalism represents a fundamental characteristic of physicians. Professional organizations have developed professionalism competencies for physicians and medical students. The aim of teaching medical professionalism is to ensure the development of a professional identity in medical students. Professional identity formation is a process developed through teaching principles and appropriate behavioral responses to the stresses of being a physician. Addressing lapses and critical reflection is an important part of the educational process. The "hidden curriculum" within an institution plays an important role in professional identity formation. Assessment of professionalism involves multiple mechanisms. Steps in remediating professionalism lapses include (1) initial assessment, (2) diagnosis of problems and development of an individualized learning plan, (3) instruction encompassing practice, feedback and reflection and (4) reassessment and certification of competence. No reliable outcomes data exist regarding the effectiveness of different remediation strategies.

KEYWORDS:

Medical education; Medical education ethics; Professional competence; Professional role

PMID:
28183408
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjms.2016.10.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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