The word professionalism carries with it many connotations, complexities, and nuances, which may vary based on each allied profession. For example, medical professionalism may refer to those behaviors by which physicians demonstrate that they are worthy of the trust bestowed upon them by their patients and the public.
Professionalism has become an expectation amongst the public, demanding accountability amongst stakeholders. While it may be difficult to measure, it is often required for certification in training or advancement within a career. Influenced by national accreditation mandates, many training programs must not only measure this trait in their trainees, but also demonstrate that they reach a measurable competency. Unfortunately, while there has been much dialogue and a few strong proposals for improving professionalism, no single reliable and valid measure of the success of these proposals exists.
The following document list potential resources for faculty and trainees to help teach and learn professionalism. Curriculums will vary depending on the discipline, but the information below can be modified for use within your Department.
- Professionalism Resources prepared by Faculty Fellow Eyal Ben-Isaac, M.D.