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The basis of medicine’s contract with society, the principles of which are set out in the General Medical Council (GMC) (UK) guidance document, Good Medical Practice. Professionalism hinges on adherence to a set of values comprising statutory professional obligations, formally agreed codes of conduct and the informal expectations of patients and colleagues.

Key values of medical professionalism
• Acting in the patients’ best interest;
• High standards of competence and knowledge;
• High ethical standards: integrity, probity, accountability, duty and honour;
• Humanism: caring, empathy, humility and compassion, social responsibility and sensitivity to people's culture and beliefs.
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1. The competence and skill expected and required of a professional.
2. The status, practice, and methods of a professional as opposed to an amateur (e.g., in sports or music).
See: professional competence
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The organic made modernism seem like the offspring of a culture (which itself was also understood in an organic sense), and not of individual, deliberate choices, focused on finding solutions for aesthetic problems (which was a professionalist, high modern model).
But the organic was also a form of history that would soon die, for a more compelling model of literary change had arisen--a high modern one based on a more professionalist sense of problems and solutions.
Both organicist and more professionalist, high modern anthologies argued that modernism's diversity was the premier sign of a change in the aesthetic landscape.
Whereas Theory spoke to a professionalist, specialized audience, the new belletrism beckons to a more general, public audience.
The primary desire operating in professionalist pedagogy is thus for comradeship, the teacher's desire to enhance his own sense of identity, significance, meaning, and security, by enlisting others (students, critics, texts) to join with him in a social system or social club.
The transference operating in professionalist pedagogy attracts students to literature by eliciting identification with well connected subjects supposed to know, as Graff's account of his own student experience demonstrates.
And this systematic alienation of students - which occurs even (and especially) when they are interested and enjoying themselves, constitutes a significant ethical problem for professionalist pedagogy.
This is the stronger professionalist sense of academic freedom, arguing for the organic legitimacy of professional control over other forms of control.
Both Machlup and Chemerinsky issue professionalist defenses against abjection to external authority.

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