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The Academy for Professionalism in Health Care

The purpose of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC) is to optimize patient care through 
professionalism education, scholarship, policy, and practice in all health-related fields.

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Connect with educators and researchers from around the world working to promote professionalism in health care

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Professionalism Education Roundtable
2nd Friday each month 3-4 p.m. ET Discussion with article and book authors 
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Roundtable Videos (for members only)

Career Posts
APHC members can post their career opportunities.

University of North Texas Assistant/Associate Professor

Scholarship Corner
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Book: Emotion in the Clinical Encounter

by Rachel Schwartz, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine
Judith A. Hall, PhD, Northeastern University
Lars G. Osterberg, MD, MPH, Stanford University School of Medicine 

This book provides tools for trainees and practicing clinicians in navigating their own and their patients’ emotion, delivering medical education innovations to support clinician wellness and enhance patient care. Clinicians’ responses to patients’ affective cues are linked to care outcomes, and this book provides concrete training tools to enhance clinicians’ ability to perceive, and respond to, emotional cues. This book delivers background on the evolutionary and social function of emotion, the role of emotion in illness, gender and cultural considerations regarding emotion, strategies for emotion regulation in self and others, the culture of medicine and its current and historical relationship to emotional management. Focuses on emotion processing for improved patient care and clinician wellness, and delivers medical education innovations that support emotional wellness in trainees. Translates research evidence for the importance of identifying and addressing emotion in patients and clinicians into actionable clinical behavior. Synthesizes evidence-based practice to support clinical emotional intelligence.

Emotions in the Clinical Encounter - Book Info. 

Covid Ethics Series

The COVID Ethics Series relies on the idea that challenging ethical issues are best addressed by many folks, from diverse backgrounds, practically reasoning together. Each week Professor Bryan Pilkington is joined by a panel of leading experts from medicine, nursing, and the health sciences, as well as political theorists, economists, ethicists, philosophers and lawyers for a conversation about ethical issues which have arisen or intensified due to the pandemic. Register for the panels HERE. Listen to the podcast

                                             Book: in-Training 2020 in Our Worlds

At the April APHC Roundtable, Pallavi Juneja and Sam Rouleau presented their work with, the creation of in-Training's latest book, and the intersection between reflective/narrative writing and professionalism in medical education. The book has now been released. in-Training: 2020 In Our Words 
is a print compendium of peer-edited narratives written by medical students about their experiences throughout the year 2020. in-Training: 2020 In Our Words is a collection of 52 manuscripts published on in-Training, the online peer-reviewed publication for medical students, during the year 2020.

Download and read the APHC Statement on Racism and Racial Violence


The Evolution of Professionalism in Health Care:
Moving Towards an Interprofessional Future
Celebrating 10 Years of APHC!

June 1-3, 2022 at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and virtual via Zoom 

2022 Conference Information & Registration

The conference will kick off with a Coffee Conversation - the past present and future of APHC with the founder of APHC, David Doukas, the current president, Tom Harter, and the incoming president, Dennis Novack discussing the evolution of APHC. The conference will conclude with a Fireside Chat with Preston Reynolds, past APHC president and the founder of the Leadership Excellence in Educating for Professionalism (LEEP) program interviewed by John Spandorfer. Four plenaries include Holly Humphrey, the president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, discussing COVID-19 and the Impact on Interprofessional EducationFred Hafferty talking about Imposters, Identity Theft, and Professions Thinking – A Sociological Rekindling; Barry Egener discussing What Does It Mean to Be a Professional in a Corporate World; and Jill Thistlethwaite sharing views on Evolving from a Professional to an Interprofessional Identity: Implications for Education and Practice.

There will be ample opportunities to network with colleagues. Over 70 sessions and posters will cover topics such as:

  • Assessment & Remediation
  • Cultural Influences
  • Ethics
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Medical Education
  • Professional Formation & Identity - Individuals/Teams
  • Religious Identity
  • Self-efficacy
  • Social Justice & Advocacy
  • Theoretical Concepts
  • Wellness & Resilience

Please consider supporting APHC and becoming a Sponsor

Gold Circle
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Loyola University Chicago Bioethics Institute
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Bronze Circle

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
Center for Christian Bioethics Loma Linda University Health
Saint Louis University Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics
The Hastings Center

APHC 2021-22 Sponsorship Opportunities

APHC/Professional Formation Resources  

Professional Formation Modules
During Covid-19 when many courses are online, Professional Formation offers 13 modules about professionalism on a variety of topics, which are free for a limited time.  Share modules on social justice teams, compassion and resilience, moral distress and moral courage, confidentiality, boundaries, empathy and more. Sign up for the free modules at:  Watch webinars with module authors:

Listen to leaders talk about professionalism topics. The podcast, Healthcare Professionalism: Education, Research & Resources. You can find the episodes at

Newsletters Articles

The Professional Formation Newsletter, a joint venture of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care and (PFO), seeks to advance conversations and perspectives on the practice, education, and research of clinical professionalism as it evolves. All issues are available in the News & Newsletters tab in the Document Library.