How virtue ethics informs medical professionalism

Susan D. McCammon, Howard Brody

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Abstract

We argue that a turn toward virtue ethics as a way of understanding medical professionalism represents both a valuable corrective and a missed opportunity. We look at three ways in which a closer appeal to virtue ethics could help address current problems or issues in professionalism education - first, balancing professionalism training with demands for professional virtues as a prerequisite; second, preventing demands for the demonstrable achievement of competencies from working against ideal professionalism education as lifelong learning; and third, avoiding temptations to dismiss moral distress as a mere "hidden curriculum" problem. As a further demonstration of how best to approach a lifelong practice of medical virtue, we will examine altruism as a mean between the extremes of self-sacrifice and selfishness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-272
Number of pages16
JournalHEC Forum
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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Keywords

  • Altruism
  • Medical professionalism
  • Moral distress
  • Virtue ethics

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  • Health(social science)
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How virtue ethics informs medical professionalism. / McCammon, Susan D.; Brody, Howard.

In: HEC Forum, Vol. 24, No. 4, 12.2012, p. 257-272.

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McCammon, Susan D. ; Brody, Howard. / How virtue ethics informs medical professionalism. In: HEC Forum. 2012 ; Vol. 24, No. 4. pp. 257-272.
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