Students’ Perception on Medical Professionalism: the Psychometric Perspective

Tsuen-Chiuan Tsai, Chyi-Her Lin, Peter Harasym, Claudio Violato
Submitted: March, 2007

A 32 item questionnaire assessing medical professionalism derived from the definition by the American Board Internal Medicine (ABIM) was distributed to 133 year seven Taiwanese medical students. A five-point rating scale of importance was used to identify the extent of their values or beliefs in each item. The three items perceived most important were: accountability to patients, respect for patients and their families; and integrity and prudence. The least important component underlying professionalism was ‘enduring unavoidable risks to oneself when a patient’s welfare is at stake’.

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