Professionalism in medical education

Mohamed Mostafa Al-Eraky, Hesham Fathi Marei

Abstract


Medical professionalism encompasses the expected and desired behaviours and attributes towards which physicians aspire while serving their patients and society. Professionalism has been recently acknowledged as a hot topic in medical education literature. This article discusses three issues: (1) Why professionalism has recently become a hot issue in the literature? (2) Is there a global model of professionalism that is acknowledged world-wide? (3) How professionalism can be addressed in medical education?  Different models of professionalism have been discussed from different cultures along with challenges for addressing professionalism in medical education. The article further discussed the difference between conceptualizing professionalism as a list of attributes or as a belief system and highlight the corner stone of professionalism in a particular society.

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