Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In recent decades, medicine's
expanded ability to diagnose and treat diseases, coupled with dramatic changes
in the financing and delivery of health care, have created many new ethical
and professional dilemmas for physicians. Related problems, including financial
conflicts of interest, end-of-life decisions, and disclosure of medical errors,
are now frequently discussed in both the medical and popular press. In response,
there have been growing demands for greater curricular creativity and educational
accountability in professionalism education. Herein we report on a survey
of US medical schools and their current educational practices and needs in
teaching and evaluating professionalism of medical students.
Kao A, Lim M, Spevick J, Barzansky B. Teaching and Evaluating Students' Professionalism in US Medical Schools, 2002-2003. JAMA. 2003;290(9):1151–1152. doi:10.1001/jama.290.9.1151