Assessment of Professionalism in Undergraduate Medical Students O'Sullivan, Anthony en_US Toohey, Susan en_US 2021-11-25T14:26:01Z 2021-11-25T14:26:01Z 2008 en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Professionalism is comprised of a set of values and behaviours that underpin the social contract between the public and the medical profession. Medical errors are reported to result in significant morbidity and mortality and are in-part related to underdeveloped professionalism. Aims: The aim was to determine whether specific aspects of professionalism were underdeveloped in medical students. Method: A questionnaire with 24 vignettes was taken by Year 2, 4, and 6 medical students and their responses were compared to responses from practicing Medical Academics. Results: Second, fourth and sixth Year medical students' responses differed from Academics in two aspects of professionalism, firstly, high ethical and moral standards and secondly, humanistic values such as integrity and honesty. Only Year 2 medical students' responses were different from Academics when it came to responsibility and accountability. Conclusions: Certain aspects of professionalism seem to be underdeveloped in medical students. These aspects of professionalism may need to be targeted for teaching and assessment in order that students develop as professionally responsible practitioners. In turn, students with well-developed professionalism may be less involved in medical error, and if involved they may have the personal values which can help them deal with error more honestly and effectively. en_US
dc.language English
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dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title Assessment of Professionalism in Undergraduate Medical Students en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.description.publisherStatement This is an electronic version of an article published in Medical Teacher, Volume 30, Issue 3 2008, pages 280 - 286. MEDICAL TEACHER is available online at: en_US
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unsw.relation.faculty Medicine & Health
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Medical Teacher en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 280-286 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 30 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation O'Sullivan, Anthony, Clinical School - St George Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Toohey, Susan, Public Health & Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US Clinical School St George Hospital * School of Population Health *
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