Physicianship and the Rebirth of Medical Education

ISBN : 9780199370818

J. Donald Boudreau; Eric Cassell; Abraham Fuks
400 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
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This book reimagines the education of medical students in its entire scope, from first year to graduation. The educational blueprint presented here rests on a new definition of sickness, one focused on impairments of function as the primary issue of concern for both patients and their care givers. This perspective avoids the common shift of medical attention from persons to diseases, and thus provides the basis for an authentic and robust patient-centered mindset.


SECTION ONE Clinical Medicine
Chapter 1 Health, Illness and Disease
Chapter 2 Functioning
Chapter 3 The Goals of Physicians
Chapter 4 Person-centeredness
Chapter 5 The Doctor-Patient Relationship
Chapter 6 The 'Good Doctor'
SECTION TWO Teaching the Clinical Method
Chapter 7 The Clinical Method and Subjectivity in Medicine
Chapter 8 Medical Education: Highlights of the Past Two Centuries
Chapter 9 Competency-Based Education
Chapter 10 The Rise and Fall of Clinical Teaching
Chapter 11 Teaching a Clinical Method Adapted to Contemporary Medicine
SECTION THREE The Physicianship Curriculum
Chapter 12 Building on Past Experience
Chapter 13 Theory
Chapter 14 Educational Blueprint: Phases I to IV
Chapter 15 Phase I - The Person
Chapter 16 Phase II - Sick Persons
Chapter 17 Phases III and IV - Doctoring
Epilogue by J. Donald Boudreau
Epilogue by Eric J. Cassell
Epilogue by Abraham Fuks
About the Authors

About the author: 

J. Donald Boudreau, a graduate of Dalhousie University, is a respiratory physician. He is a former Associate Dean of undergraduate medical education at McGill University, a member of its Centre for Medical Education, and a Professor of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a foundation dedicated to promoting humanism in medicine.; Eric J. Cassell is Emeritus Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at McGill University. He is also a fellow of the Hastings Centre, a member of the Institutes of Health of the National Academy of Sciences, and Master of the American College of Physicians.; Abraham Fuks is a clinical immunologist with experience in research and clinical practice. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill from 1995 to 2006 and was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard University in 2007-2008. He has an ongoing scholarly interest in the language of medicine and its metaphoric structure and in the role of narratives in the patient-physician relationship.

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