Professionalism in medical school

  • Lilli Jacob Professor & Head of Department of Community Medicine, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Quest International University, No. 227, Plaza Teh Teng Seng (Level 2), Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun 30250 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
  • Ganesh Ramachandran Assoc. Prof. , Deputy Dean Academic Affairs, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, MAHSA University, Selangor, Malaysia
Keywords: Community, Competence, Doctors, Medical, Patients, Professional


“Life is short, the art long,

Opportunity fleeting,

Experimentation treacherous,

Judgement difficult”


This aphorism from Hippocrates perhaps sums up the issues that arise in teaching and assessing medicine both from a clinical as well as holistic viewpoint. It is also particularly prescient when we consider teaching and assessing professionalism.

    The origin of medical ethics and professional behaviour harks back to ancient times. The first known code of ethics was incorporated into the Code of Hammurabi in 2000BC and later found form in the Hippocratic Oath in the 5th century BC. This oath forms the basis for the modern medical oath that is used up to this day.

How to Cite
Jacob, L., & Ramachandran, G. (2019). Professionalism in medical school. Quest International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences, 2(2), 13-15.

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