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Medical weblogs: advocacy for positive cyber role models.
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PMID:  22085000     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background:  The development of empathy and of medical professionalism is important in medical education. Research has shown a decline in empathy during medical study. An important factor that may contribute to this decline is the lack of positive role models. Students identify positive and negative role models in the clinical ward and in classrooms. Positive clinical role models, showing good professionalism, will foster the student's professional growth. Context:  Students base both knowledge and opinions on information they find on the internet, such as 'medical weblogs'. These weblogs may be regarded as a new aspect of the 'informal curriculum', even though they might be written by 'negative role models'. In our experience, students frequently require debriefing of the undifferentiated, frequently disrespectful, grotesque or unprofessional approaches they encounter in general, and in this aspect online in particular. Innovation:  When written by appropriate professionals, medical weblogs can provide a unique opportunity for the medical student to follow the writings of positive role models. Would it be a worthwhile investment if globally distributed medical professionals from different specialties put time and effort into writing weblogs on their daily practice and reflections? These weblogs could be assembled on one international educational website, labelled as 'professionally approved' and made easily accessible. Medical students internationally would have access to the daily practice of medical professionals who are excellent positive role models. They could also be encouraged to discuss issues with them. We hypothesise that witnessing the encounters of these globally distributed doctors, and following their reflections, may add to the growth of empathy and professionalism in students.
Manon J Gosselink
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Title:  The clinical teacher     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1743-498X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
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Created Date:  2011-11-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101227511     Medline TA:  Clin Teach     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  245-248     Citation Subset:  -    
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© Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2011.
Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands.
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