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May 12, 2015

Professionalism and its Implications for Governance and Accountability of Graduate Medical Education in the United States

Author Affiliations
  • 1Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, ACGME International, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2015;313(18):1801-1802. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3738

Professionalism and governance of the profession by its institutions should be linked at a fundamental level. The philosophical roots of professionalism include the Hippocratic tradition of medicine as a moral enterprise; the transition of medicine from guild to profession with a commitment to competence, altruism, and public trust; and the responsibility of the profession to prepare the next generation of physicians to serve the public (eFigure in the Supplement). A voluntary oath taken at graduation commits each physician to these principles. Governance must serve these fundamental principles.