Medical Students and Medical Professionalism
Medical professionalism is not just for practising physicians and residents. It is also for medical students. On February 24, 2018, over 50 of them attended training on the topic organized by the very dynamic QMA Students Committee. These medical students were able to learn more about Claude Castonguay’s current perspective on the health care system.
“The system is not bad, its foundations are not bad, but it does not work the way it should,” pointed out the father of health insurance.
Partly because physicians are self-employed, which gives them a certain freedom of action with respect to hospitals and the health care system, but which has also led the governments to streamline the services due to increasing costs.
However, health is “essential because it is a guarantee of financial security and freedom,” reminded Mr. Castonguay, who feels that holding general assemblies on health is the only way to agree on the main orientations needed to re-establish the broken social contract with the population.
Despite very different ministers who have tried to take action, the population is making growing demands for significant changes.
For his part, Dr. Hugo Viens, president of the Québec Medical Association, proposed focusing on medical professionalism to rebuild the trust between the population and physicians.
With the access problems that have become increasingly urgent while physicians were being given pay increases, people have the impression that they are not getting value for their money.
To avoid the adverse impacts that could result from a breach of the social contract, as professionals, physicians have a commitment to society and must act.
Thus all physicians, in addition to practising professionalism with patients, must also have a collective approach to meet population-based health care needs. Furthermore, Dr. Viens talked about how important it was for physicians to support and develop medical leadership. He felt that physicians should also ensure to maintain clinical governance and redefine medical organization.
See the complete report of the training.