Enter your Email address:
Wolters Kluwer Health may email you for journal alerts and information, but is committed
to maintaining your privacy and will not share your personal information without
You currently have
no recent searches
You currently have no recent searches
Fins, Joseph J. MD
Chief, Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York; (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for publishing Judah L. Goldberg’s thoughtful piece on humanism, professionalism, and the White Coat Ceremony.1 While I agree that it is helpful to avoid the sloppy conflation of professionalism and humanism, whether a White Coat Ceremony promotes one or the other depends on what substantively happens at the ceremony. A white coat can be a coat of many colors depending upon the themes of the program’s address.
Last year, I was honored to give Weill Cornell’s White Coat Ceremony talk.2 When I spoke of the late Dave Rogers’s courageous stand against segregation upon his arrival at Vanderbilt University as its new professor of medicine, my comments were as much about humanism (the import of civil rights) as they were about professionalism (the impact of mentors).
Dave was a mentor to generations of aspiring physicians precisely because he deployed his professionalism in the service of universal humanistic goods and goals. He did not confine himself to a parochial vision of the doctor’s role in society. Humanism was the bedrock of his professionalism.
While professionalism and humanism should not be conflated, might we not benefit from the example of Dr. Rogers’s life and aspire to a brand of professionalism that makes medicine’s humanistic reach felt more broadly in society?
Joseph J. Fins, MD
© 2009 Association of American Medical Colleges
Colleague's E-mail is Invalid
Your Name: (optional)
Separate multiple e-mails with a (;).
Thought you might appreciate this item(s) I saw at Academic Medicine.
Send a copy to your email
Your message has been successfully sent to your colleague.
Some error has occurred while processing your request. Please try after some time.
An Existing Folder
A New Folder
The item(s) has been successfully added to "".
Login with your LWW Journals username and password.
Username or Email:
Enter and submit the email address you registered with. An email with instructions to reset your password will be sent to that address.
Link to reset your password has been sent to specified email address.
What does "Remember me" mean?
By checking this box, you'll stay logged in for
days or until you logout. You'll get easier access to your articles, collections,
media, and all your other content, even if you close your browser or shut down your
To protect your most sensitive data and activities (like changing your password),
we'll ask you to re-enter your password when you access these services.
What if I'm on a computer that I share with others?
If you're using a public computer or you share this computer with others, we recommend
that you uncheck the "Remember me" box.
Save my selection