AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2003, Volume 5, Number 12

Ethics Poll

Teaching Professionalism in Medical School

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

How should professionalism be taught in medical school?
Should medical students receive a grade for "professionalism"?
You are a fourth-year student on intern med rotation. You have just read results of a CT scan on your patient Alan; the results are consistent with lung cancer. You have not yet discussed the results with any of Alan's care team. Alan meets you in the hall and asks what the results show. What would you do (not, what would you hope you would do)?
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.