An Online Learning Community and Course (October 2016 – February 2017)
Professionalism and ethics in medicine is an area of increasing attention from numerous sectors of society resulting from several factors. A study in the United States among 665 medical students in their third and fourth years reported that 98% had witnessed unprofessional conduct committed by their faculty. Similarly, Colquhoun J. (2009) found that most complaints towards doctors were not their lack of knowledge of medicine, but rather because of their behavior. This program focuses on the journey through medicine from medical student to medical professional, paying particular attention to navigating medical errors and providing you with a forum to explore a personal evolution of the understanding of professionalism and ethics. It is the hope of AMSA to educate future physicians and mitigate the consequences of these controversies so as to reinvigorate the virtues of the medical profession.
As a scholar, this course is your opportunity to engage in to AMSA’s newest program that will delve into some of the most controversial issues in modern medicine. Medical professionalism is intimately related to a foundation of medical ethics, and this new program will explore this relationship.
What should I expect?
The program will run over a period of five months between October 2016 to February 2017. Each month there will be two webinar meetings lasting from 1.5-2 hours every Tuesday at 8:30-10:00 or 10:30 pm EST. Meetings are facilitated by the course directors, and invited guests (experts, physicians, and academicians) will help us to explore the session’s topic, give their views, experience, and contribute proposed solutions. With every session, there will be reading assignments, and pre/post quizzes of less than five items. During the webinar, scholars are encouraged to voice their opinions on each topic. Finally, to complete the program, scholars are expected to write a reflective essay. Depending on your style, composing and writing your final paper may take up 2-3 hours.
Why will I LOVE this Scholars Program?
To provide the best care possible, exploring and expanding your personal relationship and understanding of ethics, how they relate to the practice of medicine and your concept of self are necessary first steps. This course is invaluable because it sets you on a path of being an introspective, curious, compassionate, and dedicated clinician.