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Chapter 9: The Medical-Social Education Compact and the Medical Learner

Lost Virtue

ISBN: 978-0-76231-196-5, eISBN: 978-1-84950-339-6

ISSN: 1479-3709

Publication date: 10 October 2006


Recent accreditation standards have changed for all US and Canadian medical schools and residency programs. Newly mandated knowledge, skills, behavior, and attitudes required of the learner to become a medical professional are permeated with professionalism and associated curricular themes. The art of medicine now emphasizes humanistic skills, ethical precepts, and principle-based values. To this end, this chapter calls for enhanced learner collaboration with educators, as well as a required longitudinal ethics curriculum and medical apprenticeship for all phases of medical education. These efforts can thereby result in greater moral reflection on professionalism and its successful assimilation into clinical practice.


Doukas, D.J. (2006), "Chapter 9: The Medical-Social Education Compact and the Medical Learner", Kenny, N. and Shelton, W. (Ed.) Lost Virtue (Advances in Bioethics, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 185-209.



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