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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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Professionalism Education Roundtable
2nd Friday each month 3-4 p.m. ET Discussion with chapter authors of Dick/Sylvia Cruess & Yvonne Steinet book, Teaching Medical Professionalism: Supporting the Development of a Professional Identity | More Information
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                                                Career Posts
APHC members can post their career opportunities on the new Career Posts page of the website. 

Faculty Bioethics & Professionalism at Mercer University School of Medicine

Faculty Position - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine & Berman Institute of Bioethics

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Remember Evil: Remaining Assumptions In Autonomy-based Accounts Of Conscience Protection

Discussions of the proper role of conscience and practitioner judgement within medicine have increased of late and with good reason. The cost of allowing practitioners the space to exercise their best judgement and act according to their conscience is significant. Misuse of such protections carve out societal space in which abuse, discrimination, abandonment of patients and simple malpractice might occur. These concerns are offered amid a backdrop of increased societal polarization and are about a profession (or set of professions) which has historically fought for such privileged space. There is a great deal that has been and might yet be said about these topics, but in this paper author Bryan Pilkington addresses one recent thread in this discussion: the justification of conscience protection rooted in autonomy.

Pilkington, B. C. (2019). Remember Evil: Remaining Assumptions In Autonomy-based Accounts Of Conscience Protection. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 1-6. DOI: 10.1007/s11673-019-09949-7

Medical Professionalism Across Cultures: A Literature Review

This review aims to identify the cultural perspectives of medical professionalism by identifying relevant literature from the Middle East, East/South Asia and the Western world that discuss definitions. A literature search was conducted using the "Summon" search engine, and 200 articles sorted by relevancy were manually reviewed. Based on the surveys and documents gathered from each of the regions, the definitions seem to be fairly consistent in their recognition of characteristics important to the concept of medical professionalism. These include several characteristics, with some of the most common being personal character, respect for patient autonomy, responsibility and social obligations; the main difference lies in emphasis with the West focusing on societal issues and patient rights, the Middle East focusing on morality and personal character, and East Asia focusing on respect, responsibility and other duties. These differences are reviewed, and the cultural sources are further expanded upon.


Yasin, L., Stapleton, G. R., & Sandlow, L. J. (2019). Medical Professionalism Across Cultures: A Literature Review. MedEdPublish, 8(3). doi: 10.15694/mep.2019.000191.1


Professionalism and the Restoration
of Trust in Health Care
APHC 8th Annual Conference 
April 29 - May 1, 2020
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

The 2020 APHC conference will focus on the restoration of trust for health care professionals working within complex organizations. We received over 100 abstracts and accepted papers that address educational and system level approaches to promote and preserve trust between patients, clinicians and communities, and across professional disciplines at various levels of education, training and practice; general papers in the field of professionalism including interdisciplinary scholarship on faculty development, graduate, undergraduate and pre-professional education; and topics such as ethics, humanism, social justice, well-being, and innovations in assessment.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Panelists:

Resiliency after a Critical Illness and Learning to Trust - Nalini Nadkarni, PhD (University of Utah)
Bill Nelson, PhD (Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice)
Establishing Trust: Stories from the Trenches - Cory Franklin (Cook County) and Pat Werhane

Addressing Trust at the Health System Level -
Mark Bliton, MD, PhD (Kaiser Permanente), Kelly Stuart, MD, MPH (Bon Secours Mercy Health), Gavin Enck, PhD (INTEGRIS Health) with moderator Tom Harter, PhD (Gunderson Health System)

Impact of Ethics Centers on Organizations -
Kelly Michelson, MD, MPH
(Northwestern University, Lurie Children's Hospital), Mark Kuczewski, PhD (Loyola University Chicago), Andy Garman (Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education at the Medical College of Wisconsin) and John Lantos, MD (Children’s Mercy-Kansas City)

Remediation of Professional Lapses 
James Mendez, PhD (Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago), James Woodruff, MD (Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago), Joanna Kuppy, MD (Rush University Medical Center), Nutan Vaidya, MD (Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University) Wei Wei Lee, MD (Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago) with moderator William Agbor-Baiyee, PhD (Rosalind Franklin University) 

APHC 2020 Annual Meeting Registration 

Missed the 2019 Annual Meeting? Check out the Program Agenda Brochure

Many thanks to our 2020 and 2019 Annual Meeting Major Sponsor - Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics!

Professional Formation Newsletters Available

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.