Professionalism in Medical Education: Exploring the Hidden Curriculum. A Faculty Development Workshop


The hidden curriculum in health professional education comprises the organizational and institutional contexts and cultural subtexts that shape how and what students learn outside the formal and intended curriculum It includes informal social processes such as role modeling, informal conversations and interactions among faculty and students, and more subterranean forces of organizational life such as the structure of power and privilege and the architectural layout of work environments. Students often struggle with complicated emotional and ethical dilemmas when faced with inconsistencies between the hidden and the formal curriculum. As such, the hidden curriculum has a strong effect on the student’s development of competency in professionalism, and the faculty are tasked with navigating the significant challenges of identifying and minimizing discrepancies between the two curricula.

By attending this workshop, educators will enhance their understanding of the history, theory, methodology, and application of the hidden curriculum to health professional education, and explore the interface between the hidden curriculum and medical professionalism.


Medical educators model professional behavior to their learners without an explicit understanding of how the hidden curriculum shapes the learners’ development of competency in professionalism.
Medical educators lack information on the history, theory, methodology, and application of the hidden curriculum and how medical professionalism interfaces with the hidden curriculum


This course is designed for physicians, residents, fellows, physical therapists, pharmacists, nurses and occupational therapists.

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