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May 16, 2007

Professionalism in Medicine: Critical Perspectives

JAMA. 2007;297(19):2141-2144. doi:10.1001/jama.297.19.2141-a

This text presents an interesting counterpoint to the body of preceived wisdom on professionalism. As Castellani and Hafferty point out in chapter 1, “The Complexities of Professionalism: A Preliminary Investigation,” this wisdom was created and collected by an elite segment of the medical profession, is perhaps now outmoded, and thus deserves to be challenged in today's increasingly more diverse climate.

This volume is divided into 3 distinct sections, each concerned with an aspect of our understanding of professionalism. “Conceptualizing Professionalism” introduces an alternative framework for viewing what professionalism is and means, setting the stage for “Teaching Professionalism” and “Assessing Professionalism.”

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