Measuring Medical Professionalism

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Oxford University Press, Nov 17, 2005 - Medical - 336 pages
Patients who are confident of physicians' intellectual and technical abilities are sometimes not convinced of their professional behavior. Systemic and anecdotal cases of physician misconduct, conflict of interest, and self-interest abound. Many have even come to mistrust physicians as patient advocates. How can patients trust the intellectual and technical aspects of medical care, but not the professional? In order to enhance and promote professionalism in medicine, one should expect it, encourage it, and evaluate it. By measuring their own professional behavior, physicians can provide the kind of transparency with which they can regain the trust of patients and society. Not only patients, but also institutions which accredit organizations have demanded accountability of physicians in their professional behavior. While there has been much lament and a few strong proposals for improving professionalism, no single reliable and valid measure of the success of these proposals exists. This book is a theory-to-practice text focused on ways to evaluate professional behavior written by leaders in the field of medical education and assessment.
 

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Contents

1 A Framework for Measuring Professionalism
3
2 What Is Medical Professionalism?
15
What Physicians Need to Know
39
4 Using Standardized Clinical Encounters to Assess Physician Communication
53
5 The Assessment of Moral Reasoning and Professionalism in Medical Education and Practice
75
6 Using Surveys to Assess Professionalism in Individuals and Institutions
95
Empathy Teamwork and Lifelong Learning
117
8 Faculty Observations of Student Professional Behavior
147
10 Content and Context of Peer Assessment
175
11 Using Reflection and Rhetoric to Understand Professional Behaviors
195
12 The Use of Portfolios to Assess Professionalism
213
Selecting Applicants With the Potential for Professionalism
235
14 Assessing Professionalism for Accreditation
265
A Commentary
281
Index
307
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9 Using Critical Incident Reports and Longitudinal Observations to Assess Professionalism
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