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Development of Professionalism – the Need for a Holistic Approach

Adkoli B.V

Citation Information : B.V A. Development of Professionalism – the Need for a Holistic Approach. 2016; 6 (2):1-6.

DOI: 10.5005/jsd-6-2-1

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 14-08-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).


While the global literature on the need for promoting professionalism amongst health care personnel has accumulated extensively, there is a need to adopt a multi-pronged approach in which the faculty, regulating agencies and civil society join together in this endeavor. The institutes should admit right type of students and recruit right faculty who can serve as role model of professional behavior. Further, they should set clear expectations, provide both formal and “hidden curriculum” with emphasis on community service. Role modeling, mentoring, feedback and reflective practice should be emphasized throughout the course. The assessment strategy should be geared to collect multiple evidences through portfolio approach. Reforms are also called for in the legal and legislative mechanisms. Finally the civil society has a role to foster a culture of professionalism at all levels. Individual professional development can be aided by life style modification by techniques such as practice of Yoga.

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