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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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APHC members can post their career opportunities on the new Career Posts page of the website. 

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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 APHC Board of Directors has  canceled the 2020 conference in Chicago. We are investigating hosting a one-day virtual conference on Friday, May 1st.  Our goal is to keep the program agenda and content, plus the venue, for a future date next spring in 2021.


We will be in touch with speakers, registrants and sponsors as we finalize plans for a possible virtual mini conference on May 1st and next year’s conference dates in the coming days. This will include information about refunds.  The Sofitel will cancel all registrations and refund any money paid. 


Please bear with us as we revise our plans to provide an educational forum.

APHC 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities Please consider supporting APHC. 

Check out the APHC 2020 Conference Program Agenda

Many thanks to our 2020 & 2021 Conference Sponsors
Gold Circle

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Loyola University Chicago Bioethics Institute
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

Silver Circle
Center for Christian Bioethics Loma Linda University Health
Penn State College of Medicine

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.