The Medical Professionalism Project was created by the (Dis)Honesty Project and the Center for Advanced Hindsight in collaboration with Duke Health.
With this program, we wanted to design a new and innovative type of continuing medical education course that explores the complexities of the healthcare system and the multitude of expectations medical professionals face each day. While professionalism is a core competency of all medical professions, it is difficult to qualify. What does it mean to be a medical professional in today’s practice environment? What are the challenges that work against that aim? How does one maintain integrity in this high-stakes profession? We explore these questions and more in twelve short documentaries that feature over twenty Duke medical professionals and utilize cutting-edge social science as a lens through which to view our behavior.
The research of behavioral economist Dan Ariely has shown that there are certain factors that allow even the best of us to fudge the truth and still feel good about ourselves. We apply this research to the world of medicine, exploring the challenges, both systemic and individual, to maintaining integrity, while highlighting some unique solutions that support both the patient and the provider.