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What Influences Medical Students’ Perceptions Of Professionalism?

Thanks to all who contributed to yesterday’s discussion on how the public perceive doctors sharing their stories online. Please keep the discussion going!

Today, my attention was taken by an abstract I discovered in PubMed, which I feel is pertinent to the current discussion on medical professionalism online.

Wanted: role models–medical students’ perceptions of professionalism.Byszewski A, Hendelman W, McGuinty C, Moineau G.

Transformation of medical students to become medical professionals is a core competency required for physicians in the 21st century. Role modeling was traditionally the key method of transmitting this skill. Medical schools are developing medical curricula which are explicit in ensuring students develop the professional competency and understand the values and attributes of this role. The purpose of this study was to determine student perception of professionalism at the University of Ottawa and gain insights for improvement in promotion of professionalism in undergraduate medical education.

The results of the study revealed that “students identified role modeling as the single most important aspect of professionalism” and while this study relates to professional competency in curricular development, I think it also has relevance for the medical students who are going online. So, who can we point them to as role models? I have some suggestions in mind, but I would love to hear who you think is a great online role model for the next generation of doctors and why.

Posted in #HCSM, Professionalism

Online Medical Professionalism: Patient and Public Relationships

User-created content and communications on Web-based applications, such as networking sites, media sharing sites, or blog platforms, have dramatically increased in popularity over the past several years, but there has been little policy or guidance on the best practices to inform standards for the professional conduct of physicians in the digital environment. Areas of specific concern include the use of such media for nonclinical purposes, implications for confidentiality, the use of social media in patient education, and how all of this affects the public’s trust in physicians as patient–physician interactions extend into the digital environment. Opportunities afforded by online applications represent a new frontier in medicine as physicians and patients become more connected. This position paper from the American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards examines and provides recommendations about the influence of social media on the patient–physician relationship, the role of these media in public perception of physician behaviors, and strategies for physician–physician communication that preserve confidentiality while best using these technologies.

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