Role Modeling vs. Teaching
We can likely all agree that Professionalism can be role-modeled. When working with a student, it is important for us to carefully monitor our own actions.
- Am I modeling teamwork?
- Am I a role-model for life-long learning? (keeping up with latest advancements)
- Can the student see that I am honest and compassionate?
- Did I do anything to make the student aware of my advocacy efforts? Do I have an advocacy efforts? (e.g. do I inform myself of political candidate's views on matters pertinent to my profession and my patients? Do I support causes which make a difference for my patients and my community?)
So, yes, professionalism can be modeled. But can professionalism be taught? We might ask...
- Can I teach a student to be more compassionate or more respectful?
- Can I teach a student to self-monitor her honesty or her goals for excellence?
- Can I teach teamwork? Or altruism?