7th Annual Symposium on the Science of Learning in Medical Education

Friday, October 23, 2015

12:30-5:00 PM
Carnesale Commons
Registration is free

"Professionalism. How and Why?"


Maxine Papadakis, MD
Professor of medicine, San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center
Associate Dean for Students, UCSF School of Medicine

Watch keynote video
Maxine A. Papadakis, MD, is Professor of Medicine and a practicing internist at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center. She is the Associate Dean for Students in the School of Medicine at UCSF and a leading investigator in the field of professionalism. In a series of ground-breaking studies and in collaboration with the Federation of State Licensing Boards, Dr. Papadakis linked long term outcomes important to patient care (disciplinary action against physicians by licensing boards) to performance of physicians during training, particularly professional behaviors. She further advanced the field by describing the types of unprofessional behavior that are linked with disciplinary action, thus providing direction to the development of tools to assess these behaviors. Dr. Papadakis expanded her inquiry to include residents, in collaboration with the American Board of Internal Medicine. She then turned her attention to catalyzing the educational community to identify best practices for remediation. Dr. Papadakis is a member of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Her current work is on assessing the performance of medical students with protected disabilities, focusing on their "abilities".

Dr. Papadakis is lead editor of the annually published textbook Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment. She is the recipient of many teaching awards, including the coveted UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award. In 2010, she received the John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners. This international award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine. She is also the recipient of the 2014 UCSF Chancellor's Award for Disability Service.

In this keynote address, Professionalism. How and Why?, Dr. Papadakis will discuss why assessment of professionalism is an obligation of the medical profession for self-regulation, review data that link lapses in professionalism in training to licensing boards' disciplinary actions years later and describe the demographics of disciplinary actions by medical boards. She will also discuss learners' and faculty's expectations about what it means to have a culture of professionalism.