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Date: 10 Jul 2008

Where We’re Headed: A New Wave of Scholarship on Educating Medical Professionalism

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Ah yes, another editorial on professionalism. This topic has certainly been one of accelerating interest. For example, a PubMed search on the title word “professionalism” finds 1331 articles as outlined in Table 1; approximately 100 articles per year have appeared since the 2002 publication of the physician charter.1 While much of the past literature has focused on the definition of professionalism, increasingly, the field is moving in the needed direction of discovering and building processes that foster professional attitudes and behaviors among physicians and physicians in training. In this education issue of The Journal of General Internal Medicine, at least six articles focus on the subject.27 While all six add to the literature in their own right, taken collectively, they contain several powerful messages that provide a beacon for future work in this field:

PROFESSIONALISM IS NOT BOUNDED BY THE ENDS OF THE WORKDAY

When addressing professional attributes such as compassion, altrui

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