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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2017 Mar-Apr;55(2):269-272.

[Profesionalismo en médicos de un hospital de segundo nivel].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Departamento de Terapia Intensiva, Hospital Civil Nuevo de Guadalajara "Dr. Juan I. Menchaca", Guadalajara, Jalisco, México.


in English, Spanish


It takes many years to acquire abilities and technical skills necessary to do a good work as a doctor and even more years, for being "good professionals". Much of this training is based on old teaching schemes, but medicine has changed. So far no studies in our medium addressing the problem are known. The aim of this paper was to determine the level of professionalism in physicians that work in a second-level hospital.


Descriptive cross-sectional study. We apply a survey to physicians, residents and medical interns in a second-level hospital. We developed and implemented a questionnaire on professionalism, which contained 18 items, 3 demographic questions and 15 questions with a Likert scale, which identified four dimensions: specialized knowledge, autonomy in decision-making, self-regulation and social commitment. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used, considering significant a p-value <0.05.


We surveyed 228 physicians, 57.5% demonstrated competence in professionalism. 93.3% of the participants were competent in specialized knowledge and 60.5% in social commitment. The physicians and residents got the higher scores, and these differences were significant between autonomy in decision-making and specialized knowledge (p < 0.001). The medical interns obtained lower scores in all dimensions compared with residents and physicians.


More than a half of physicians surveyed had a competent level of professionalism but only in some dimensions. We observed higher scores with a higher academic grade.


Knowledge; Medical ethics; Professional autonomy; Professionalism

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