Medical student professionalism: Are we measuring the right behaviors? A comparison of professional lapses by students and physicians

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Background: Examining the relationship between unprofessional behaviors observed in medical students and those manifested by physicians is important in determining whether medical school faculty are observing and reporting behaviors relevant to medical practice. Method: This study compares the relationship between unprofessional behaviors identified in students at our medical school through Early Concern Notes, and behaviors for which physicians were sanctioned by our state medical board. Results: The majority of reports in both groups were related to lapses in professional responsibility and integrity, and the specific behaviors identified in the groups were similar. A smaller number of reports in both groups were related to pursuit of excellence or personal interactions. Conclusion: There are common features to the professional shortcomings seen in students at our medical school and practicing physicians in our state. These similarities add credibility to our faculty's observations, and reinforce the relevance of monitoring such behaviors in future physicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume81
Issue number10 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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