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Medical professionalism matters

Exploring the real life challenges experienced by today’s medical professionals and providing support that doctors want and need


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Over the past 18 months, a partnership of healthcare organisations led by the General Medical Council (GMC), held a series of events to explore some of the challenges facing the medical profession today. This programme is called Medical professionalism matters. Six events were held across the UK – from Glasgow and Belfast, to Newcastle, Cardiff, […]

What do doctors recommend?

Doctors suggested a number of ideas to improve matters: • LIFELONG LEARNING Many participants felt scholarship was closely aligned with lifelong learning. Employers, as well as individual doctors, need to work to make this happen. And should learning literally be for life? One doctor noted that now he was retired he at last had the […]

The doctor as scholar

Should all doctors be scholars? And what does being a scholar mean anyway? Participants debated these issues during the course of the Medical profesionalism matters events and came to some tentative conclusions – as well as raising concerns for the future. Being a scholar There were, it was generally agreed, a number of different levels […]

An ancient idea inspiring innovative enhancement to medical education?

Sabena Jameel, a GP and Associate Dean for GP Education based in Birmingham, talks about her current PhD studies looking at the intellectual virtue of Phronesis (Practical Wisdom) as it relates to medical education and work as a GP. Wednesday evening, and I am sitting on the side-lines of the dojo watching ‘the Master’ sow […]

Round up: reassurance, accountability and patient involvement

Five quick links Here are our pick of the blogs on medical professionalism and healthcare this week: “Patients need a more active role in healthcare decision making” says Joan Saddler from NHS Confederation “For clinicians whose main job is listening, like GPs, – listening is a clinical skill that needs to be continually developed and practiced.” Jonathan […]

Identifying sustainable solutions for the profession in the 21st century

Medical professionalism in the UK has come a long way in recent years, while also going through significant change. With increasing pressures on the profession, not only in the UK but in many parts of the world, how can we work together to tackle the challenges and identify sustainable solutions for the 21st century? And […]

The importance of a scholarly outlook

Professor Patrick G Johnston MD PhD FMedSci delivered this article as the keynote at the Medical professionalism matters event, The doctor as a scholar, on Wednesday 03 February 2016, in Belfast. Introduction Terence, Niall, Colleagues, it is a real pleasure to join you this evening, not as Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, and former Dean of Medicine, but as a […]

The doctor as a scholar: Restoring truth and integrity

Part two In part one, Has medicine taken a turn towards darkness?,  I raised the concerns echoed by eminent editors of leading medical journals (The Lancet and NEJM) that science had taken a turn toward darkness, with evidence of financial impropriety, conflicts of interest, poorly conducted and biased research and much more. It is up […]

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Poll – the doctor as a scholar

Please complete our short poll below. We will add the results to those from the scholar as a doctor event on 3 February 2016 and discuss them on this website and in the Medical professionalism matters report.

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Video from Belfast – the doctor as a scholar

Find out what doctors in Belfast told us about medical professionalism in their daily practice and add your experiences in the comments section below. Questions that came up at the event include ‘what are the barriers to being a scholar?’, ‘what makes a good mentor?’ and ‘do doctors really need to be scholars?’ Interviewees include: Dr Lauren […]

Asking questions, not playing a game of hiding

Professionalism is a word I am well acquainted with in medicine. But what does it mean to be a scholar? Going as a medical student to the ‘Medical Professionalism Matters: The Doctor as a Scholar’ event I was unsure what to expect. I was intrigued from the offset by the title. Is a scholar not […]

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