Literary inquiry and professional development in medicine: against abstractions.

Title

Literary inquiry and professional development in medicine: against abstractions.

Creator

Wear Delese; Nixon Lois LaCivita

Publisher

Perspectives in biology and medicine

Date

2002
1905-06

Description

The professional development discourse currently circulating in academic medicine owes much to the work of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and their Project Professionalism. They identify the elements of altruism, duty, excellence, honor and integrity, accountability, and respect for others as forming the basis of professional development. While an admirable effort, Project Professionalism remains primarily an abstract set of attitudes and behaviors with a number of vignettes that are of limited use to medical educators attempting to foster the development of professionalism in medical students. This paper outlines an approach to professional development grounded in medical narratives written by physicians, including memoirs, essays, and poetry, that may help students grapple with the challenges of medicine that involve those very elements put forth by ABIM. An argument is made that literature may be a superior medium for engagement with these elements because of its ability to evoke discomfort and vulnerability in ways the case report does not.

Subject

Humans; Altruism; Education; *Professional Competence; Narration; *Literature; Bioethics and Professional Ethics; Medical/*methods

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

104–124

Issue

1

Volume

45

Citation

Wear Delese; Nixon Lois LaCivita, “Literary inquiry and professional development in medicine: against abstractions.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed September 20, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/4929.

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