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Pak J Med Sci. 2017 Sep-Oct;33(5):1248-1253. doi: 10.12669/pjms.335.13432.

Standing out with Professionalism: How do Students and Faculty of two different Medical Schools perceive it?

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Kamran Sattar, Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Sue Roff, Center for Medical Education, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK.
Durdana Siddiqui, Department of Obe Gynae, Sulaiman Al-Habib Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Sultan Ayoub Meo, Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Background and Objectives:

Medical professionalism is an essential aspect of medical education and practice worldwide. Our objective was to explore and compare the perception as recommended sanctions about professionalism lapses, using the "Dundee Polyprofessionalism Inventory I: Academic Integrity", among the faculty and the students' of two different medical schools in Saudi Arabia.


Respondents from the two medical schools in Saudi Arabia, recommended sanctions for the first time, absolute lapses in academic professionalism were determined by using the "Dundee Polyprofessionalism Inventory 1: Academic Integrity".


On comparing the faculty and students' responses (from College of Medicine, King Saud University) with the published data (from another, unidentified medical school in Saudi Arabia) we found alignments in recommending sanctions for 14 (46.66%) behaviours among faculty and again concerning the11(36.66%) behaviours among the students of both cohorts.


The results can be used to emphasise on the improved teaching and learning strategies in undergraduate medical students' understanding of professionalism.


Academic environment; Medical schools; Professionalism lapses; Recommended sanctions

Conflict of interest statement

Declaration of interests: Authors declared no competing interests.

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