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March 20, 2013

Professionalism in Graduate Medical Education

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (Dr Desai; sanjayvdesai@jhmi.edu); Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (Dr Zaas); and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Katz).

JAMA. 2013;309(11):1110-1112. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1672

To the Editor: Dr Arora and colleagues1 cited the need to shift the definition of professionalism from “nostalgic” to “new” to improve the well-being of trainees. While we agree that enhanced focus must be placed on physician health and team-based models of care, we caution that a core tenant of medical professionalism—an evidence basis for intervention—may have been overstepped.