One of the six Core Competencies defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), professionalism is an important aspect of medical education and training for the next generation of physicians.
Per ACGME, medical students must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to a diverse patient population, commitments articulated in the Physician Charter.
The Foundation’s work in the area of medical education and training seeks to address needed changes in the learning environment and highlight solutions to professionalism challenges that physicians are encountering more and more in their practice, such as acting as good stewards of finite resources or fostering cultures of collaboration among teams.
Our efforts to advance medical professionalism include:
- Creating a network of medical residents, students and faculty who are committed to learning and teaching the principles of stewardship, a core commitment of the Physician Charter.
- Publishing Understanding Medical Professionalism, a textbook to teach ways to deliver high quality care through professionalism in medical practice.
- Convening leaders in academic medicine, medical students and residents, patients and other stakeholders to develop a social compact for medical education and clinical training.
- Supporting efforts to address the management of conflicts of interest in education.
Cultivating Professionalism in Training explores ways to impart professional values and behaviors on to residents and medical students.