Professional development of medical students: problems and promises.

Title

Professional development of medical students: problems and promises.

Creator

Wear D

Publisher

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Date

1997
1997-12

Description

Observers and critics of the medical profession, both within and without, urge that more attention be paid to the moral sensibilities, the characters, of medical students. Passing on particular moral values and actions to physicians has always been an essential core of medical training, and this call for renewal is not new in modern medicine. Some of the structures and characteristics of modern medical education, however, often work directly against the professionalism that the education espouses. For example, medical students are socialized into a hierarchy that has broad implications for relations among health care professionals, other health care workers, and patients, and academic medicine has not promoted and taught critical reflection about the values and consequences of this hierarchy. Further, behind the formal curriculum lies the "hidden curriculum" of values that are unconsciously or half-consciously passed on from the faculty and older trainees. Two resources for thinking anew about professional development for medical students are feminist standpoint theory and critical multicultural theory, each of which raises important and fundamental questions about defining the role of medicine in society and the role of the physician in medicine. The author discusses these two theories and their implications for medical education, showing how they can be used to move discussions of professional development into analysis of the widespread social consequences of how a society organizes its health care and into critical reflection on the nature of medical knowledge.

Subject

*Character; *Education; *Professional Practice; Cultural Diversity; Feminism; Humans; Knowledge; Medical; Medical/*psychology; Models; Students; Theoretical; United States

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

1056–1062

Issue

12

Volume

72

Citation

Wear D, “Professional development of medical students: problems and promises.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed April 23, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/4226.

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