HEC Forum

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 293-305

First online:

The Eroding Principle of Justice in Teaching Medical Professionalism

  • Jason E. GlennAffiliated withInstitute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch Email author 

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This article examines the difficulties encountered in teaching professionalism to medical students in the current social and political climate where economic considerations take top priority in health care decision making. The conflict between the commitment to advocate at all times the interests of one’s patients over one’s own interests is discussed. With personal, institutional, tech industry, pharmaceutical industry, and third-party payer financial imperatives that stand between patients and the delivery of health care, this article investigates how medical ethics instructors are to teach professionalism in a responsible way that does not avoid dealing with the principle of justice.


Medical professionalism Social justice Medical students Teaching professionalism