Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 610–611 | Cite as

Professionalism Framings Across Medical Schools

  • Emma P. DeLoughery
Concise Research Reports


Society has come to expect greater professionalism from its healthcare practitioners and trainees. Tangible outcomes associated with professionalism include improved patient satisfaction and reduced litigation risk, making increasing professionalism an important goal for training programs.1 However, defining a topic is necessary in order to effectively teach or evaluate that topic.2 A review of the medical education literature revealed that medicine lacks both a definition of professionalism and a consensus concept.3

Preliminary investigation into professionalism statements among various healthcare institutions found that statements could be encapsulated in one of seven key words that reflected the statement’s framing of professionalism, as shown in Table 1. In the current study, the professionalism statements of the 144 Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-accredited U.S. medical schools were examined to determine whether the framing of professionalism varied...


professionalism medical education-professionalism medical education-undergraduate 



Thanks to Frederic W. Hafferty for his advice on project design and editing of the manuscript. This manuscript was presented at the April 2017 meeting of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care in Chicago, IL, and at the April 2017 AAMC CGSA/COSR Regional Meeting in Rochester, MN.

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Conflict of Interest

The author has no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mayo Clinic School of MedicineRochesterUSA

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