Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 247–263 | Cite as

Evoking the moral imagination: Using stories to teach ethics and professionalism to nursing, medical, and law students

  • Mark Weisberg
  • Jacalyn Duffin


Four years ago, as colleagues in our university's law and medical schools, we designed and began offering a course for law, medical, and nursing students, studying professionalism and professional ethics by reading and discussing current and earlier images of nurses, doctors, and lawyers in literature. We wanted to make professional ethics, professional culture, and professional education the objects of study rather than simply the unreflective consequences of exposure to professional language, culture, and training. We wanted to do it in an interdisciplinary course where aspiring professionals could share their self-conceptions and their conceptions of each other, and we wanted to do it by using stories, our primary means for organizing experience and claiming meaning for it. This article tells the story of that experience: why we did it; how we did it; what we learned from doing it.


Medical School Professional Education Nursing Student Professional Ethic Early Image 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Weisberg
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jacalyn Duffin
    • 3
  1. 1.Queen's University in Kingston
  2. 2.Faculty Associate at the Queen's Instructional Development CentreCanada
  3. 3.History of Medicine and Associate Dean in the Queen's Faculty of MedicineCanada

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