Basing the evaluation of professionalism on observable behaviors: a cautionary tale
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Basing the evaluation of professionalism on observable behaviors
Abstract: 

PROBLEM STATEMENT AND BACKGROUND: The evaluation of professionalism often relies on the observation and interpretation of students' behaviors; however, little research is available regarding faculty's interpretations of these behaviors. METHOD: Interviews were conducted with 30 faculty, who were asked to respond to five videotaped scenarios in which students are placed in professionally challenging situations. Behaviors were catalogued by person and by scenario. RESULTS: There was little agreement between faculty about what students should and should not do in each scenario. Abstracted principles (e.g., honesty, altruism) were defined and applied inconsistently, both between and within individual faculty. There was no apparent "shared standard" that faculty held for professional behavior in students, and similar behaviors (e.g., lying) could be interpreted as either professional or unprofessional. CONCLUSIONS: Future efforts at evaluation need to look beyond the behaviors, and should incorporate the reasoning and motivations behind students' actions in challenging professional situations.

Author(s): 
Ginsburg, Shiphra
Regehr, Glenn
Lingard, Lorelei
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Journal Abbreviation: 
Acad Med
Publication Date: 
2004-10
Publication Year: 
2004
Pages: 
S1-4
Volume: 
79
Issue: 
10 Suppl
ISSN: 
1040-2446
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 15383374

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Shiphra Ginsburg, Glenn Regehr and Lorelei Lingard. 2004-10. "Basing the evaluation of professionalism on observable behaviors: a cautionary tale." Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 79: 10 Suppl: S1-4.

Wikipedia Citation

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