Arawi, Thalia (2014) Medical schools and the virtuous physician: how to ensure that physicians will do the right thing. Doctoral thesis, Keele University.

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Abstract

The focus of this thesis is moral education. This study is important as it aims at solving a prevailing and increasing problem that is harming the medical profession of our times, namely, the fact that physicians are losing touch with the nature of their profession as a moral venture. This is evident from the numerous surveys done which report complaints from patients regarding physicians’ interpersonal and ethical skills. I argue in this thesis that modern day physicians experience moral erosion and that medicine is falling prey to deprofessionalization. This thesis focuses on the case of medicine in US-style universities in general and Lebanon in particular. Starting from the assumption of the ends of medicine as elaborated by Edmund Pellegrino, it asks what are the means that are most conducive to the attainment of these ends (or some of these ends)? The main conclusions are that curricular reforms must be made to ensure appropriate training of students of medicine and that the hidden curriculum is far too important to be ignored if changes are to take place and if moral erosion of physicians is to be avoided. In addition to curricular reforms, there is a need to work with veteran physicians who should serve as role models and mentors in an appropriate institutional culture, hence, there is a need for what I term a “post-flexnerian revolution”. In addition to teaching students the basic sciences and skills necessary for the making of a successful physician, medical schools ought to concentrate on attempting to produce graduates that are virtuous physicians, who will do the right thing even when no one is looking. If adequate training in virtue and goodness takes place, doing the right thing will become a second nature and the moral ends of medicine will be met.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: medicine, physician, student of medicine, role model, mentor, VE, virtuous physician, Pellegrino, Aristotle, ends of medicine, moral education, hidden curriculum, formal curriculum.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Lisa Bailey
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2017 15:46
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 15:45
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3213

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