Development of a physician attributes database as a resource for medical education, professionalism and student evaluation

David Rabinowitz, Shmuel Reis, Riki Van Raalte, Gideon Alroy, Rosalie Ber

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Abstract

In the light of the growing interest in professionalism and non-cognitive attributes in medical education, a focus group (FG) methodology was used to achieve a database of desired physician attributes. Ten FGs, consisting of medical faculty, service heads, residents, general practitioners, students and patients, took place, producing 169 desired attributes; further attributes were derived from a literature search, and the Mission and Vision Statement (MVS) of the authors' medical faculty. A total of 254 separate attributes finally emerged, after a process of combining and collapsing similar items. Attributes appearing with the highest frequency were: honest, empathic, patients, capacity to be an attentive listener, understanding, able to work in a team, intellectua curiosity, egalitarian. The high number of attributes generated in this study provides an indication of what the profession is wanting of itself. This database is multipotential and preliminary in nature and requires further processing before achieving full relevance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-165
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes

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