alexa Can professionalism be measured? The development of a scale for use in the medical environment.
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Intellectual Property Rights: Open Access

Author(s): Arnold EL, Blank LL, Race KE, Cipparrone N

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Abstract PURPOSE: To assess a scale that measures professional attitudes and behaviors associated with the medical education and the residency training environment. METHOD: In 1995-96, the authors surveyed medical students and residents from five institutions in the northeast region of the United States. RESULTS: Of 757 distributed questionnaires, 565 were returned (75\% response rate). Of those, 529 (94\%) were used in the analysis. The mean score for the retained 12 items was 92.9 (SD, 11.9), with higher scores indicating more positive perceptions. The internal reliability of the scale was moderately high (alpha = .71). A factor analysis identified three subscales: excellence, honor/integrity, and altruism/respect, with eigenvalues (alpha coefficients) of 3.18 (.72), 1.70 (.60), and 1.20 (.59), respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The results are interpreted as an encouraging first step toward the development of a reliable scale that measures professionalism within the environment of medical education and residency training.
This article was published in Acad Med and referenced in Intellectual Property Rights: Open Access

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