“They liked it if you said you cried”: how medical students perceive the teaching of professionalism

Lisa M Parker and Lisa D Watts
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11231
Published online: 20 January 2014

To the Editor: Like Birden and Usherwood, we have struggled with the need to facilitate the learning of professionalism for our medical students.1 We also recognise the importance of using authentic, real-world situations and clinical teachers to inspire meaningful reflection and discussion between students1 and to counterbalance the negative impact of poor role models or unsuccessful clinical experiences that contribute to the hidden curriculum.

  • Lisa M Parker1
  • Lisa D Watts2

  • 1 School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Rural Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


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