Professionalism in medical students
- By: Vimmi Passi
The Kings Fund, in association with Student BMJ, held a series of consultations in 2009 and 2010 on professionalism in medical students to examine how it might affect their training and practice in the future. The report, 21st Century Doctor: Understanding the Doctors of Tomorrow summarises the consultations’ findings.
The development of medical professionalism in undergraduate medical education is intended to ensure that future doctors maintain high professional standards in all aspects of patient care.1 Over the past decade, the importance of teaching medical professionalism has been emphasised by international experts in North America and Europe. However, there are currently no guidelines on the most effective ways of helping medical students to develop high standards of medical professionalism.2 Numerous definitions of medical professionalism have been provided by major medical organisations.2 This report used the Royal College of Physician’s definition, which describes medical professionalism as, “A set of values, behaviours and