Character failings in the surgeon fallen from grace: a thematic analysis of disciplinary hearings against surgeons 2016-2020.

Elledge, Ross and Jones, June (2021) Character failings in the surgeon fallen from grace: a thematic analysis of disciplinary hearings against surgeons 2016-2020. Journal of medical ethics. ISSN 1473-4257.

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Abstract

Surgeons are commonly evaluated with respect to outcomes and adherence to rules and regulations, rather than a true holistic examination of the character of the surgeon in question. We sought to examine the character failings of surgeons who faced fitness to practice enquiries under the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service in the UK. In particular, we examined the absence of virtue as perceived through the lens of Aristotelian ethics using thematic analysis of tribunal hearing transcripts from 2016 to 2020. We identified three overarching themes that are explored in depth: 'the god complex', 'reputation over integrity' and 'wounded pride'. We hope to use this as the foundation for a re-examination of the place of phronesis in postgraduate surgical education, which we argue should be perceived as an exercise in character development and reformation rather than the simplistic teaching of skills to standardised outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WB Practice of medicine
Divisions: Planned IP Care > General Surgery
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Depositing User: Mr Philip O'Reilly
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2021 14:57
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 14:57
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/3875

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