• Linda Szczurek


Professionalism has many components and is not black and white. It is rarely formally taught but rather learned over time through exposure to others and experience. In this chapter, we will review some of the major elements that play a role in professionalism and why it is so important for your career.


Professionalism Expertise Competence Ability Know-how Proficiency 

Suggested Reading

  1. American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine Foundation. European Federation of Internal Medicine Medical professionalism in the new millennium: a physician charter. Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(3):243–6.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Szczurek
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  1. 1.Jefferson Health New JerseyCherry HillUSA

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