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Professionalism. “Always serve the interests of patients above physician’s own self-interest” Alan Chu Chapter 191 April 25, 2012. Foundations of successful medical practice Medical knowledge Skill Medical professionalism. Decline in medical professionalism. Professionalism programs

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Professionalism

Professionalism

“Always serve the interests of patients above physician’s own self-interest”

Alan Chu

Chapter 191

April 25, 2012


Professionalism

  • Foundations of successful medical practice

    • Medical knowledge

    • Skill

    • Medical professionalism


Decline in medical professionalism

Decline in medical professionalism

  • Professionalism programs

  • Mandatory professionalism modules in medical schools

  • “medical professionalism” articles 94-04

  • ABIM’s “Project Professionalism” program


Project professionalism

Project Professionalism

  • Physician accountability

  • Humanistic qualities

  • Physician impairment

  • Professional ethics


Professionalism in medical organizations

Professionalism in Medical Organizations

  • Goals

    • To promote educational benefits

    • To promote the advancement of their economic interest

  • AAOHNS Inc., AAOHNS Foundation

  • Corporate sponsors serve as sources of revenue

  • Should be perceived as acting in the public interest, rather than as “doctors’ labor union”


Professionalism in your practice

Professionalism in your Practice

  • “do the right thing” vs “do the smart business thing”

  • “Double agent” – Ludmerer

  • Commitment to

    • Competence, honesty, confidentiality, appropriate relations, improving quality, improve access, allocation of resources, scientific knowledge, avoid conflicts of interest, professional responsibility


Professionalism and surgeons

Professionalism and Surgeons

  • ACS Task Force on Medical Professionalism

    • Advocate for patients’ needs

    • Disclose all therapeutic options

    • Disclose and resolve any conflict of interest

    • Respect patients’ vulnerability

    • Disclose any adverse event

    • Respect cultural and spiritual needs of patients

    • Care for terminally ill patients

    • Support the needs of patients’ families

    • Respect other heathcare professionals


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