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Sunday, February 26 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
(POWDER MOUNTAIN-SOLITUDE) Professionalism is a Many-Splendored Thing

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Abstract Body: Objectives 1. Appraise professionalism as a dynamic, contingent process that incorporates attitudes, beliefs, and concepts, thus resistant to a static or universal definition. 2. Determine the skills and values that could define professionalism at the learner’s institution. 3. Create educational interventions and extracurricular activities that address the desired skills and values. Methods The presenters will discuss the limitations of working with a static definition of professionalism and offer examples of creating an adaptable definition for a given set of circumstances. We will also present guidelines for creating new educational interventions and extracurricular activities and for adapting existing ones. In the discussion portion, we will encourage participants to brainstorm skills and values that could apply to a definition of professionalism for their home institutions. To facilitate brainstorming, we will collate and categorize these ideas using sticky notes filled out by participants, in an interactive technique borrowed from Hoshin Kanri planning theory, and discuss what we learn. Intended Outcomes Both of the presenters are faculty who are tasked directly with teaching professionalism to undergraduate medical students. A primary difficulty in any cohort or institution is agreeing on a definition of professionalism, so that aspects of it may be addressed in the classroom or extracurricularly. We argue that working toward a static definition is not possible or productive, and instead, professionalism should be regarded as a mutable set of skills and values that depends on the given circumstances. We would like learners to leave our workshop with the confidence to teach professionalism as constantly changing, experiential, and participatory. They will also leave our workshop with concrete tools for applying the ideas we explore. Target Audience This workshop will be salient to teaching faculty and administrators with direct student contact. The discussion will also be targeted to students and trainees, who are potentially the most effective at setting standards for professionalism in a given medical culture. 

Sunday February 26, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm

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