Features  |   March 2016
Professionalism: A Work in Progress
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Features   |   March 2016
Professionalism: A Work in Progress
ASA Monitor 03 2016, Vol.80, 10-11.
ASA Monitor 03 2016, Vol.80, 10-11.
Professionalism is a term freely used in everyday life as well as in all career fields, including the medical field. Yet few people would be able to assign specific criteria for a person possessing this quality. A basic attempt at definition comes from Merriam-Webster: “the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well.” But this broad explanation is insufficient in clearly identifying a person who possesses this quality.
As Norig Ellison, M.D., ASA past president (1996), has noted in attempting to apply the term to anesthesiologists and other physicians: “you know it when you see it” and “more importantly, when you don’t,” there is great subjectivity in interpretation.
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