Chapter 6: Molding Professional Character

Rosamond Rhodes, Lawrence G. Smith

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This chapter argues for appreciating the distinctiveness of medical ethics. If the ethics of medicine is different from the ethics of everyday life, it follows that the character of physicians is and should be different from the character of others. Molding the character of future physicians therefore becomes an important matter for the attention of medical educators. In that light, this chapter explains the appropriate goals for such an educational program and discusses the means for teaching and inculcating the principles, attitudes, and behaviors that physicians need to embrace in order to fulfill their special social role and professional obligations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLost Virtue Professional Character Development in Medical Education
EditorsNuala Kenny, Wayne Shelton
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

NameAdvances in Bioethics
ISSN (Print)1479-3709


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