Professionalism in medical students at a private medical college in Karachi, Pakistan

Zain ul Abedeen Sobani, Muhammad Masaud Mohyuddin, Fahd Farooq, Kanza Noor Qaiser, Faiz Gani, Nida Shahab Bham, Ahmed Raheem, Vikram Mehraj, Syed Abdul Saeed, Hasanat Sharif, Mughis Sheerani, Rukhsana Wamiq Zuberi, Mohamamd Asim Beg

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Objective: To determine levels of professionalism in undergraduate medical students at a private medical college and assess how changes emerge during their training. Methods: The study was conducted at Aga Khan University, a tertiary care teaching hospital, during November and December 2011. Freshmen, Year 3 and Year 5 students were requested to fill out a questionnaire. It was designed to assess the participants' levels of professionalism and how they perceived the professional environment around them by incorporating previously described scales. The questionnaire was re-validated on a random sample of practising clinicians at the same hospital. SPSS 17 was used for statistical analysis. Results: The study sample comprised 204 participants. The mean score for level of individual professionalism was 7.72±3.43. Only 13 (6.4%) students had a score one standard deviation above the faculty mean. About 24 (11.8%) were one standard deviation and 35 (17.2%) were 2 standard deviations below the faculty mean. The remaining 130 (63.7%) were >2 standard deviations below the faculty mean. Considering the level of education, the mean score for level of professionalism was 8.00±3.39 for freshmen, 6.85±3.41 for year 3 students, and 8.40±3.34 for year 5 students. Conclusion: The currently employed teaching practices inculcating the values of professionalism in medical students are serving as a buffer to maintain the pre-training levels of professionalism from declining.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-939
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • Medical students
  • Patterns of professionalism
  • Professionalism
  • Undergraduate medical education


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