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Parents as Teachers and Evaluators of Medical Student Professionalism

      Teaching and evaluating professionalism in medicine has become an increasingly important task in medical student and resident education.

      American Board of Internal Medicine Project Professionalism. Philadelphia PA. American Board of Internal Medicine 1995.

      • Papadakis M.A.
      • Loeser H.
      • Hely K.
      Early Detection of Professionalism Deficiencies of Medical Students: One School’s Approach.
      The publication of a report noting that unprofessional behaviors of physicians were “strongly associated with prior unprofessional behavior as a medical student” led to increased interest in the assessment of professionalism competencies of students, residents, and physicians.
      • Papadakis M.A.
      • Teherani A.
      • Banach M.
      • et al.
      Disciplinary Action by Medical Boards and Prior Behavior in Medical School.
      One element of professionalism reflects the patient/clinician relationship and communication. The many ways to evaluate student competency in this area include OSCEs, standardized patients, videotaping student interaction with patients, role playing, and direct observation of student interaction with patients. The USMLE Clinical Skills exam is one example of addressing medical student competence in communication skills using a high stakes exam. Failure in this exam would mean the inability to obtain a medical license.
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