chapter  17
Hero, voyeur, judge: under stand ing medical students’ moral iden tit ies through profes sion al ism dilemma narrat ives
ByLynn V. Monrouxe, Charlotte E. Rees
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Becoming a doctor entails assim il at ing a wide variety of know ledge, skills and atti­ tudes required for clin ical prac tice (General Medical Council, 2009, 2012). While neces sary, in and of them selves, these are insuf fi cient: to become a doctor, one must also develop a sense of oneself as a doctor. In other words, one must develop a sense of iden tity (Monrouxe, 2010, 2013). Part of this devel op ment includes devel op ing a moral sense of oneself within the medical profes sion by learn ing profes sional codes of conduct (American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine Foundation, and European Federation of Internal Medicine, 2002; Australian Medical Association, 2015; Canadian Medical Association, 2005; Cruess and Cruess, 2006; General Medical Council, 2013; Hafferty, 2009). However, such codes are ever­ chan ging. They are tempor ally and cultur ally specific (Chandratilake, McAleer and Gibson, 2012; Hafferty, 2006; Hafferty and Castellani, 2009; Hafferty and Levinson, 2008). What was accept able profes sional prac tice for doctors 20 or 30 years ago is not neces sar ily accept able today, or for future clini cians.