September 2003

Volume 23 | Number 4

Special Theme: Keynotes of the Regional Meetings

Partnerships in the Continuum of Medical Education
Carol Elam, Ed.D.

Developing and Nurturing the Diversity of the Medical Workforce: The Role of the Office of Admissions
Gabriel Garcia, M.D.

On Humanism in Medicine
Edward F. Bell, M.D.

The Education of Future Physicians: A University-Medical School Partnership
D. Kay Clawson, M.D.

Humanism in Medicine, So What?
Sandra O. Gold, Ed.D.


Viewpoints

To Interview or Not Interview, That is One of the Questions
Barry S. Anton, Ph.D.

The purpose of this article is to capture the core elements of professionalism as they specifically relate to Physical Therapy (PT). A consensus conference of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) shows a high degree of overlap with other health professions, regarding these elements: accountability, altruism, caring/compassion, duty, excellence, integrity and respect. Three challenges specific to PT are 1) a need to raise the consumer’s perception of the importance of movement as a vehicle for health; 2) to meet APTA’s newly expressed expectation of social responsibility; and 3) for physical therapists to achieve recognition as primary care practitioners in the hierarchy of health care systems.

Service-Learning Partnerships in a First Year Seminar: Linking Science to Young Scholars
Chrystal Kelly

The author describes a service-learning opportunity at Colorado State University. An introductory seminar for pre-health professional students includes teaching a laboratory for fourth grade class studying human anatomy. The lab has the college students teaching the anatomy of a sheep’s heart, which they dissect as a demonstration. In order to prepare for their presentation, the seminar participants need to learn the anatomy themselves, practice the dissection and be able to answer questions the 4th graders might have.



Research Articles

Is Taking MCAT Practice Tests Helpful before Taking the Actual MCAT?: Perceptions of Minority and Disadvantaged Students
Paul Henry, Ph.D.

This study was designed to examine the perceptions of underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged students regarding the extent to which taking several mock MCAT Practice Tests was helpful before taking the actual MCAT. The research suggests it was helpful for developing and refining their test-taking skills. Ninety-two students were chosen as participants. The results showed a high degree of agreement that the mock tests were helpful. The satisfaction level was lowest for the Verbal Reasoning portion of the exam. The article includes several anecdotal comments from the students.



Highlight on a Profession

The Anatomy of Professionalism in Physical Therapy: A Shared Value System
Susan S. Deusinger, P.T., Ph.D.

The purpose of this article is to capture the core elements of professionalism as they specifically relate to Physical Therapy (PT). A consensus conference of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) shows a high degree of overlap with other health professions, regarding these elements: accountability, altruism, caring/compassion, duty, excellence, integrity and respect. Three challenges specific to PT are 1) a need to raise the consumer’s perception of the importance of movement as a vehicle for health; 2) to meet APTA’s newly expressed expectation of social responsibility; and 3) for physical therapists to achieve recognition as primary care practitioners in the hierarchy of health care systems.

Book Review: The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Chronicle of War and Medicine and Complications (A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Review by Cecilia Fox

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