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The Academy for Professionalism in Health Care

The purpose of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC) is to optimize patient care through 
professionalism education, scholarship, policy, and practice in all health-related fields.

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Connect with educators and researchers from around the world working to promote professionalism in health care

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Professionalism Education Roundtable
2nd Friday each month 3-4 p.m. ET Discussion with article and book authors 
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Roundtable Videos (for members only)

Career Posts
APHC members can post their career opportunities on the new Career Posts page of the website. 
Scholarship Corner
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Book: Emotion in the Clinical Encounter

by Rachel Schwartz, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine
Judith A. Hall, PhD, Northeastern University
Lars G. Osterberg, MD, MPH, Stanford University School of Medicine 

This book provides tools for trainees and practicing clinicians in navigating their own and their patients’ emotion, delivering medical education innovations to support clinician wellness and enhance patient care. Clinicians’ responses to patients’ affective cues are linked to care outcomes, and this book provides concrete training tools to enhance clinicians’ ability to perceive, and respond to, emotional cues. This book delivers background on the evolutionary and social function of emotion, the role of emotion in illness, gender and cultural considerations regarding emotion, strategies for emotion regulation in self and others, the culture of medicine and its current and historical relationship to emotional management. Focuses on emotion processing for improved patient care and clinician wellness, and delivers medical education innovations that support emotional wellness in trainees. Translates research evidence for the importance of identifying and addressing emotion in patients and clinicians into actionable clinical behavior. Synthesizes evidence-based practice to support clinical emotional intelligence.

Emotions in the Clinical Encounter - Book Info. 

Covid Ethics Series

The COVID Ethics Series relies on the idea that challenging ethical issues are best addressed by many folks, from diverse backgrounds, practically reasoning together. Each week Professor Bryan Pilkington is joined by a panel of leading experts from medicine, nursing, and the health sciences, as well as political theorists, economists, ethicists, philosophers and lawyers for a conversation about ethical issues which have arisen or intensified due to the pandemic. Register for the panels HERE. Listen to the podcast

                                             Book: in-Training 2020 in Our Worlds

At the April APHC Roundtable, Pallavi Juneja and Sam Rouleau presented their work with, the creation of in-Training's latest book, and the intersection between reflective/narrative writing and professionalism in medical education. The book has now been released. in-Training: 2020 In Our Words 
is a print compendium of peer-edited narratives written by medical students about their experiences throughout the year 2020. in-Training: 2020 In Our Words is a collection of 52 manuscripts published on in-Training, the online peer-reviewed publication for medical students, during the year 2020.

Download and read the APHC Statement on Racism and Racial Violence

Professionalism and the Digital Transformation
of Health Care & Education: Designing the New Normal

Thursday, October 28, 2021 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET

Join the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care at our free virtual conference for health care professionals. 

Robert Wachter, MD
Author of the Digital Doctor, a New York Times bestseller
Covid-19 and the Digital Transformation of Healthcare: Accelerating the Need for a New Professionalism

Lisa Howley
, PhD, Med – AAMC
Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships in Medical Education
Professionalism and Telehealth: Painting a Picture for Optimal Teaching and Learning

Fireside Chat: Dennis Novack, MD, interviewed by Tom  Harter, PhD

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APHC 2021-22 Sponsorship Opportunities
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Please consider supporting APHC and becoming a 2021 & 2022 Sponsor

Platinum Circle

Gold Circle
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Loyola University Chicago Bioethics Institute

Silver Circle
Center for Christian Bioethics Loma Linda University Health

Bronze Circle

American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
Saint Louis University Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics
The Hastings Center

APHC/Professional Formation Resources  

Professional Formation Modules
During Covid-19 when many courses are online, Professional Formation offers 13 modules about professionalism on a variety of topics, which are free for a limited time.  Share modules on social justice teams, compassion and resilience, moral distress and moral courage, confidentiality, boundaries, empathy and more. Sign up for the free modules at:  Watch webinars with module authors:

Listen to leaders talk about professionalism topics. The podcast, Healthcare Professionalism: Education, Research & Resources. You can find the episodes at

Newsletters Articles

The Professional Formation Newsletter, a joint venture of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care and (PFO), seeks to advance conversations and perspectives on the practice, education, and research of clinical professionalism as it evolves. All issues are available in the News & Newsletters tab in the Document Library.