During the past decade, there have been a number of inquiries into the nature of medical professionalism, with the American Board of Internal Medicine and its European counterparts at the forefront of this work. In 2005, the Royal College of Physicians of London assembled a working party on medical professionalism. It began its task with the assumption that at the heart of good medical care is a set of values, attitudes, and behaviors called “medical professionalism.”1 The medical profession had been losing standing and influence in several spheres, including government, and there was a need to formulate a description of medical professionalism that commanded wide recognition and respect and would be a welcome force in society.
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