The following is a summary of “Resculpting Professionalism for Equity and Accountability” published in the November 2022 issue of Family Medicine by Cerdeña et al.


Recent disagreements on the characteristics of “professionalism” and its enforcement by medical educators have brought to light the racially and gendered standards that are inherent in this practice. These standards have lately come to light as a result of recent conflicts. In this abstract, researchers discuss the ways in which hazy conceptions of “professionalism” embed criteria that are white, cisgender, heterosexual, and able-bodied to police the borders of belonging in the medical field.

Specifically, investigators look at how these criteria police the borders of belonging in the medical field. As a consequence of this, marginalized trainees are forced to chisel away portions of their experiences and ways that they express themselves in order to conform to so-called “professional” norms, and as a result, they are left looking like unfinished sculptures. They wanted to reform professionalism in such a way that patients and trainees, who are generally on the margins of it, become its focal point. 

This will help to strengthen the workforce, which is becoming increasingly diverse, and ensure that workers are able to successfully handle the requirements of patients who are frequently denied access to quality care. This will help to strengthen the workforce, which is becoming increasingly diverse, and ensure that workers are able to successfully handle the requirements of patients.

Source: annfammed.org/content/20/6/573