Description of Teaching Medical Professionalism: Supporting the Development of a Professional Identity
This book presents ideas, evidence and guidance for those interested in using the most recent advances in knowledge about learning and human development to enhance medical education’s ability to form competent, caring and publicly responsible physicians. It does this by establishing the development of a professional identity in medical students and residents as a primary goal of medical education.
This new approach is emerging from experience and experiment by medical educators articulating a new way of understanding their mission. It is an optimistic book – the voices are those of the leaders, theorists and experienced practitioners who have found in this new approach a promising way to confront the challenges of a new era in medicine. It summarizes the theoretical basis of identity formation, outlines our current knowledge of how best to assist learners as they acquire a professional identity, and addresses the issue of assessment of progress towards this goal.
About the Author
Richard L. Cruess, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon and former Dean of Medicine at McGill University, Montréal.
Sylvia R. Cruess, M.D., is an endocrinologist at McGill University and former Medical Director of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montréal. Twenty years ago, following distinguished careers in these respective fields, Sylvia Cruess and her husband, Dr Richard Cruess, began working together on issues related to professionalism and medicine.
Yvonne Steinert, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who began her career in Family Medicine in the field of faculty development. She is recognized as being one of the pioneers in the field and remains one of its foremost leaders. She has served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development at McGill University, Montréal, and is presently the Director of the Centre for Medical Education and the holder of the Richard and Sylvia Cruess Chair in Medical Education at McGill University.