Bad apples spoil the barrel: Addressing unprofessional behaviour

Walther Van Mook, Simone Gorter, Willem Grave, Scheltus Van Luijk, Valerie Wass, Jan Harm Zwaveling, Lambertus Schuwirth, Cees Van der Vleuten

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    Given the changes in society we are experiencing, the increasing focus on patient-centred care and acknowledgement that medical education including professionalism issues needs to continue not only in the residency programmes but also throughout the doctors career, is not surprising. Although most of the literature on professionalism pertains to learning and teaching professionalism issues, addressing unprofessional behaviour and related patient safety issues forms an alternative or perhaps complementary approach. This article describes the possibility of selecting applicants for a medical school based on personality characteristics, the attention to professional lapses in contemporary undergraduate training, as well as the magnitude, aetiology, surveillance and methods of dealing with reports of unprofessional behaviour in postgraduate education and CME.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)891-898
    Number of pages8
    JournalMedical Teacher
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


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