, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 501-504

Toward an informal curriculum that teaches professionalism

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The social environment or “informal” curriculum of a medical school profoundly influences students’ values and professional identities. The Indiana University School of Medicine is seeking to foster a social environment that consistently embodies and reinforces the values of its formal competency-based curriculum. Using an appreciative narrative-based approach, we have been encouraging students, residents, and faculty to be more mindful of relationship dynamics throughout the school. As participants discover how much relational capacity already exists and how widespread is the desire for a more collaborative environment, their perceptions of the school seem to shift, evoking behavior change and hopeful expectations for the future.

Supported by a grant from the Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, MI.
Members of the Relationship-centered Care Initiative Discovery Team: Mary Alice Bell, MS, Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, Nancy Butler, MD, Ann Cottingham, MA, Margaret Gaffney, MD, Tolly Goldberg, MD, Gregory Gramelspacher, MD, Kurt Kroenke, MD, Gary Mitchell, MD, David L. Mossbarger, MBA, Bill Walsh, MD, Joann Warrick, MD, Kathleen Zoppi, PhD.