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Code: MEAC16_11     Acronym: P

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Health Sciences

Instance: 2022/2023 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Public Health and Forensic Sciences, and Medical Education Department
Course/CS Responsible: Academic and Clinical Education

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MEAC 9 Current Studies Plan 1 - 3 21 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Henrique José Cyrne de Castro Machado Carvalho

Teaching language



The CU "Professionalism" aims to endow students with non-cognitive skills that allow them to have an ethical, honest and fair attitude, centered on the patient well-being and safety.

Learning outcomes and competences

In this CU the student must acquire and understand the different aspects of medical professionalism and its different components, essential to the clinical practice.

1 - Importance of patient-centered care, based on altruism, doctor-patient trust and the patient's interests. Defense of the patient in relation to the pressures from the market, society and administrations.

2 - Social role in the defense of a distributive justice of the available resources and of the global and individual needs.

3 - Importance of the humanization of care and a fruitful doctor-patient relationship based on the patient's holistic knowledge and needs. Respect for the patient's autonomy and commitment for their training to be able to make the appropriate decisions.

4 - Professionalism and safety culture. Ability to communicate and work as a team to ensure the safety of patient care. Accuracy in the clinical record and transfer of care.

5 - Ethics and professionalism.

Working method



Definition of professionalism. Empathy and compassion in the doctor-patient relationship. Definition of good health care from the perspective of the professional and the patient. Codes of ethics and social justice in the treatment of the community and the individual patient. Professionalism and patient safety. Importance of clinical record, communication between peers and teamwork for patient safety. Compliance with standards, safety procedures and universal precautions in the practice of medicine. Care centered on the patient and training the patient to participate in decision-making after adequate information. Commitment to education and literacy for patient health.

Mandatory literature

José Fragata; Risco Clínico: complexidade e performance, Almedina, 2006
Lori Deitte; The New Residency Curriculum: Professionalism, Patient Safety, and More., Journal of American College of Radiology, 2013
Universidade do Porto; Código Ético de Conduta Académica, Universidade do Porto, 2017
The Lancet; Retractions: the lessons for research institutions, The Lancet, 2014
João Martins e Silva; Educação Médica e Profissionalismo, Acta Médica Portuguesa, 2013

Teaching methods and learning activities

The approach of Professionalism in its different aspects, with the transmission of knowledge in theoretical classes and interactive discussion in the remaining pedagogical models, will allow students to reflect and internalize these essential concepts to their clinical practice.

The syllabus of this unit will be addressed through lectures given by different teachers. These lectures will also include the presentation of the experience / research carried out by the various professors in these areas, as well as the presentation of scientific articles, in order to maximize active participation and discussion among students. In addition, they will be able to improve comprehension skills on various aspects of Professionalism, through presentations, comments and discussion of simulated cases.

The program of this unit involves 10 hours of theoretical classes, 6 hours of theoretical-practical classes and 5 hours of seminars (21 hours) spread over 2 weeks after work.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Trabalho escrito 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 60,00
Frequência das aulas 21,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendance: 75 %.

Calculation formula of final grade

Assessment will be performed through a written essay and its oral presentation (100%).
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