Teaching Professionalism: Nailing Jell-O to the Wall?

Event Date & Time

  • December 6, 2021
    9:00 am - 10:30 am

Event Description

Unprofessional behaviour amongst learners and professionals continues to be problematic. Teaching, assessing, and remediating professionalism is challenging, due to its multifaceted nature, the influence of context, and lack of a clear definition. This can lead to a “shotgun” approach to the professionalism curriculum where multiple methodologies are employed in the hope that “something will work” to capture the essence of professionalism. In this workshop, four conceptualizations of professionalism (knowledge, behaviour, values and identity) will be explored with a focus on designing learning methodologies to address each of these. Participants will explore and co-create approaches which are evidence informed and are clearly linked to specific professionalism outcomes.

Following a brief overview of how professionalism is conceptualized in the literature, participants will break into small groups to discuss and strategize how to teach, assess and remediate professionalism utilizing one of the four conceptualizations. Groups will report back for large group discussion and debate, and end with a case study to apply the concepts to real life scenarios.

Learning Objective:
By the end of the workshop, participants will able to align teaching, assessment, and remediation methods with four key elements of professionalism to develop a more targeted and evidence informed professionalism curriculum.



  • Sue Murphy, Head, Department of Physical Therapy

This event will be hosted online on Zoom.