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Medical professionalism matters

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Over the past 18 months, a partnership of healthcare organisations led by the General Medical Council (GMC), held a series of events to explore some of the challenges facing the medical profession today. This programme is called Medical professionalism matters. Six events were held across the UK – from Glasgow and Belfast, to Newcastle, Cardiff, […]


An ancient idea inspiring innovative enhancement to medical education?

Sabena Jameel, a GP and Associate Dean for GP Education based in Birmingham, talks about her current PhD studies looking at the intellectual virtue of Phronesis (Practical Wisdom) as it relates to medical education and work as a GP. Wednesday evening, and I am sitting on the side-lines of the dojo watching ‘the Master’ sow […]

The importance of a scholarly outlook

Professor Patrick G Johnston MD PhD FMedSci delivered this article as the keynote at the Medical professionalism matters event, The doctor as a scholar, on Wednesday 03 February 2016, in Belfast. Introduction Terence, Niall, Colleagues, it is a real pleasure to join you this evening, not as Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, and former Dean of Medicine, but as a […]

The doctor as a scholar: Restoring truth and integrity

Part two In part one, Has medicine taken a turn towards darkness?,  I raised the concerns echoed by eminent editors of leading medical journals (The Lancet and NEJM) that science had taken a turn toward darkness, with evidence of financial impropriety, conflicts of interest, poorly conducted and biased research and much more. It is up […]

Asking questions, not playing a game of hiding

Professionalism is a word I am well acquainted with in medicine. But what does it mean to be a scholar? Going as a medical student to the ‘Medical Professionalism Matters: The Doctor as a Scholar’ event I was unsure what to expect. I was intrigued from the offset by the title. Is a scholar not […]

When does scholarship end, or why should it?

As I ploughed across Northern Ireland’s most extensive upland range on a gloomy February evening I had to ask myself, ‘Why are you doing this to yourself? You are a retired GP traveling nearly 100 miles to attend a GMC symposium on The Doctor as a Scholar; what is the GMC up to? Are they […]

Has medicine taken a turn towards darkness?

Part one (read part two) When we think of the doctor as scholar, we may imagine someone who is learned, curious, active in research – be it clinical or scientific, producing publications, endeavouring to evolve and advance the world of medicine and doing so with a high degree of ethical conduct and integrity and ultimately […]

Can you spell that? Combining medicine with scholarly activities

Dr Jim Morrow was a consultant neurologist at the Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast and also an Honorary Clinical Lecturer with Queen’s University Belfast. Here, he writes about how he made a career out of combining medicine with scholarly activities. I feel so fortunate to have chosen a career as a medical practitioner. In retrospect, I […]

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