Promoting professionalism via a video-based educational workshop for academic hospitalists and housestaff

J Hosp Med. 2013 Jul;8(7):386-9. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2056. Epub 2013 Jun 18.


Background: Unprofessional behavior can compromise care and detract from the hospital learning environment. Discrepancy between professional behaviors formally taught and what is witnessed has become increasingly evident.

Methods: With funding from the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, a workshop was developed to address unprofessional behaviors related to inpatient care previously identified in a multi-institution survey. The aims were to utilize video-based education to illustrate unprofessional behaviors, how faculty play a role in promoting such behaviors, and facilitate reflection regarding motivation for and prevention of these behaviors. Hospitalists and housestaff at 3 Chicago-area academic hospitals and 1 community teaching affiliate participated. Videos were debriefed, identifying barriers to professional behavior and improvement strategies. A postworkshop survey assessed beliefs on behaviors and intent to change practice.

Results: Forty-four (53%) faculty and 244 (68%) residents (postgraduate year 1 and greater) participated. The workshop was well received, with 89% reporting it "useful and effective." Two-thirds expressed intent to change behavior. Most (86%) believed videos were realistic and effective. Those who perceived videos as "very realistic" were more likely to report intent to change behavior (93% vs 53%, P = 0.01).

Conclusions: Video-based education is a feasible way to promote reflection and address unprofessional behaviors among providers and may positively impact the learning environment.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers / methods
  • Academic Medical Centers / standards
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Education / methods
  • Education / standards*
  • Educational Technology / methods
  • Educational Technology / standards
  • Hospitalists / education*
  • Hospitalists / standards*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / standards*
  • Video Recording / methods
  • Video Recording / standards*