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      Professionalism's facets: ambiguity, ambivalence, and nostalgia.

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      The Journal of medicine and philosophy

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          Medical educators invoke professionalism as a core competency in curricula. This paper criticizes classic definitions. It also identifies some negative traits of medicine as a profession. The call to professionalism is naive nostalgia. Straightforward didactics in professionalism cannot do the desired work in medical education. The most we can say is that students should adopt the good aspects of professionalism and the profession should stop being some of what it has been. This is a platitude. If the notion is to be more than shallow, each student and practitioner will have to engage in much dialogue, reflection and refinement over many years.

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          Journal
          J Med Philos
          The Journal of medicine and philosophy
          0360-5310
          0360-5310
          Feb 2008
          : 33
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Family Medicine, UMDNJ/SOM, 42 East Laurel Road, Stratford, NJ 08084, USA. erdeel@umdnj.edu
          Article
          33/1/6
          10.1093/jmp/jhm003
          18420548

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