SubSpecialties  |   September 2018
SEA: Committed to Professionalism, Teaching and Physician Well-being
Author Affiliations
  • Michael R. Sandison, M.D.
    Society for Education in Anesthesia
    President
  • Karen Souter, M.B.B.S., FRCA, MACM
    Society for Education in Anesthesia
    President-Elect
Article Information
Ethics / Medicolegal Issues / SubSpecialties
SubSpecialties   |   September 2018
SEA: Committed to Professionalism, Teaching and Physician Well-being
ASA Monitor 9 2018, Vol.82, 56-57.
ASA Monitor 9 2018, Vol.82, 56-57.
The Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) Spring meeting was held in Louisville, Kentucky, from April 20-22, 2018. The meeting was memorable for having two nationally known speakers offer their perspectives on medical professionalism. The keynote address was given by Thomas J. Nasca, M.D., MACP, Chief Executive Officer of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The afternoon plenary session was given by David H. Chestnut, M.D., who presented the Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture at the ASA annual meeting in 2016.
Dr. Nasca gave an engaging and scholarly account of the philosophical traditions underpinning the American conceptualization of medicine as a profession and of professionalism. At its heart, this involves a commitment to scientific and clinical competence and altruism. Dr. Nasca focused on “Professional Identity Formation” and the challenge of inculcating not only professional behavior but internalizing a set of professional values in our trainees. This socialization into the profession is described in detail by Cruess and Cruess (Academic Medicine, 2014) and results in the individual trainee “thinking, acting and feeling like a physician.” He emphasized that this transformation can take place only in a healthy educational environment, and he ended in a rousing call to action:
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