Educating for Professionalism

Educating for Professionalism

Creating a Culture of Humanism in Medical Education
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“An inspirational work that will give medical educators many ideas and will stimulate some substantial changes in education about service and community activism.” — Joseph F. O'Donnell, senior advising dean and director of community programs, Dartmouth Medical School

“The authors offer timely, reflective analyses of the work and opportunities facing medical education if doctors are to win back public trust.”

The thirteen essays in Educating for Professionalism examine the often conflicting ethical, social, emotional, and intellectual messages that medical institutions send to students about what it means to be a doctor. Because this disconnection between what medical educators profess and what students experience is partly to blame for the current crisis in medical professionalism, the authors offer timely, reflective analyses of the work and opportunities facing medical education if doctors are to win public trust.

In their drive to improve medical professionalism within the world of academic medicine, editors Delese Wear and Janet Bickel have assembled thought-provoking essays that elucidate the many facets of teaching, valuing, and maintaining medical professionalism in the middle of the myriad challenges facing medicine at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

The collection traces how the values of altruism and service can influence not only mission statements and admission policies but also the content of medical school ethics courses, student-led task forces, and mentoring programs, along with larger environmental issues in medical schools and the communities they serve.


Stanley Joel Reiser
Jack Coulehan
Peter C. Williams
Frederic W. Hafferty
Richard Martinez
Judith Andre
Jake Foglio
Howard Brody
Sheila Woods
Sue Fosson
Lois Margaret Nora
Mary Anne C. Johnston
Tana A. Grady-Weliky
Cynthia N. Kettyle
Edward M. Hundert
Norma E. Wagoner
Frederick A. Miller
William D. Mellon
Howard Waitzkin
Donald Wasylenki
Niall Byrne
Barbara McRobb
Edward J. Eckenfels
Lucy Wolf Tuton
Claudia H. Siegel
Timothy B. Campbell

Table of contents: 

Preface by Jordan J. Cohen
Introduction by Delese Wear
Part One: Understanding the Experience of Medical Education
The Moral Order of the Medical School by Stanley Joel Reiser
In Search of a Lost Cord: Professionalism and Medical Education's Hidden Curriculum by Fredric W. Hafferty
Professional Role in Health Care Institutions: Toward an Ethics of Authenticity by Richard Martinez
Professional Ethics and Socail Activism: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going? by Jack Coulehan and Peter C. Williams

Part Two: Shaping the Experience of Medical Education
Student Advocacy for a Culture of Professionalism at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine by Sheila Woods, Sue Fossom, and Lois Margaret Nova
Moral Growth, Spirituality, and Activism: The Humanities in Medical Education by Judith Andre, Jake Foglio, and Howard Brody
Reflections on Experiences with Socially Active Students by Mary Anne C. Johnston
The Mentor-Mentee Relationship in Medical Education: A New Analysis by Tana A. Grady-Weliky, Cynthia N. Kettyle, and Edward M. Hundert
From Identity Purgatory to Professionalism: Considerations along the Medical Education Continuum by Norma E. Wagoner
Experiencing Community Medicine during Residency: The La Mesa Housecleaning Cooperative by Fredrick A. Miller and William D. Mellon and Howard Waitzkin
Community-Oriented Medical Education: The Toronto Experience by Donald Wasylenki, Niall Byrne, and Barbara McRobb
The Case for Keeping Community Service Voluntary: Narratives from the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program by Edward J. Eckenfels
Bridging the Gaps: Community Health Internship Program-A Case Study in the Professional Development of Medical Students by Lucy Wolf Tuton, Claudia H. Siegel, and Timothy B. Campbell
Afterword by Janet Bickel