The authors' timely discussion of professionalism and its relationship to the other 5 competencies, as defined by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Medical Specialties, is commendable. They correctly note that to secure the sanctity of surgery, all surgeons must maintain a high level of professionalism and instill this trait in surgical trainees.
The authors point to the medical professional project of the American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine as a blueprint for heightened professionalism. This charter outlines the defining characteristics of professionalism, and the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has endorsed it. However, while this document may elucidate the meaning of professionalism, it does not offer concrete suggestions regarding how we boost professionalism.
Russell TR. Professionalism: Lifelong Commitment for Surgeons—Invited Critique. Arch Surg. 2003;138(3):264. doi:10.1001/archsurg.138.3.264
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