Ethics, professionalism, and humanities at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Judith Andre, Howard Brody, Leonard Fleck, Clayton L. Thomason, Tom Tomlinson

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This article describes the variety of approaches used at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine for teaching ethics, professionalism, and humanities to undergraduate medical students: courses in ethics and health policy; mentoring programs; selectives in history, literature, and spirituality; structured patient care experiences; and discussions with students in their clinical years on the ethical and professional challenges confronting them in their clinical experiences. Some of these approaches, such as the structured patient-care experience, may be unique to Michigan State. The authors place special emphasis on discussing the challenges that confront this curriculum, including struggles to keep up with the pace of change in the health care system, preserving and highlighting the linkages between the "ethics" and the "professionalism" strands of the curriculum, making optimal use of Web technologies, successfully communicating to students the ultimately practical importance of the medical humanities other than ethics, and solving the problems of geography created by a widely dispersed community campus system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)968-972
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume78
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Ethics, professionalism, and humanities at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. / Andre, Judith; Brody, Howard; Fleck, Leonard; Thomason, Clayton L.; Tomlinson, Tom.

In: Academic Medicine, Vol. 78, No. 10, 01.10.2003, p. 968-972.

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Andre, Judith ; Brody, Howard ; Fleck, Leonard ; Thomason, Clayton L. ; Tomlinson, Tom. / Ethics, professionalism, and humanities at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. In: Academic Medicine. 2003 ; Vol. 78, No. 10. pp. 968-972.
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