Developing medical professionalism in future doctors : a systematic review

Passi, Vimmi and Doug, Manjo and Peile, Ed and Thistlethwaite, Jill and Johnson, Neil (2010) Developing medical professionalism in future doctors : a systematic review. International Journal of Medical Education, 1. pp. 19-29.

[thumbnail of developing-medical-professionalism-in-future-doctors]
PDF (developing-medical-professionalism-in-future-doctors)
developing_medical_professionalism_in_future_doctors.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (213kB)


Objectives There are currently no guidelines on the most effective ways of supporting medical students to develop high standards of medical professionalism. The aim of this review is to summarise the evidence currently available on methods used by medical schools to promote medical professionalism. Methods We performed a systematic search of electronic databases (Medline, PsychInfo, British Education Index, Educational Resources Information Centre, Sociological Abstracts and Topics in Medical Education) from January 1998 to October 2008. Outcomes studied were methods used to support and promote the development of professionalism in medical students. Results We identified 134 papers and five main themes for supporting the development of professionalism in medical students: curriculum design, student selection, teaching and learning methods, role modelling and assessment methods. However, the level of empirical evidence supporting each of these methods is limited. Conclusions Identification of these five areas helps medical schools to focus the emphasis of their approaches to developing professionalism and identifies future research areas. This review offers a preliminary guide to future discovery and progress in the area of medical professionalism.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
International Journal of Medical Education
Additional Information:
© 2010 Vimmi Passi et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use of work provided the original work is properly cited.
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
19 Aug 2014 10:07
Last Modified:
31 Dec 2023 00:31