After the events of September 11, 2001, the leaders at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point studied and revised the training and currriculum for the Corps of Cadets. Increased emphasis was placed on "officership", which expanded the concept of being an Army officer. It is time for the medical profession to do a similar upgrade of professional development.
In discussing professional development of physicians, the term "physicianship" could be used to refer to the needed upgrade of the profession which faces considerable challenge in the current and coming eras. Physicianship means more than being a doctor and practicing medicine. In this post I offer for discussion a short list of some roles and attributes that I believe are important for physicianship. What do you think?
Physicianship is striving to be and becoming:
A professional who is competent and technically proficient
A member and citizen of a respected profession
A leader of character who inspires, motivates and communicates
A servant of patients and society
A warrior for humanity, safety and teamwork