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What’s New: A Preview of the December Issue
The December issue of Academic Medicine is now available! Read the entire issue online at academicmedicine.org or on your iPad using the Academic Medicine for iPad app. Highlights from the issue include:

Embracing Medical Education’s Global Mission
In this New Conversations piece, Farmer and Rhatigan describe how U.S. academic medicine can contribute to global health by strengthening medical education in low- and middle-income countries and urge the U.S. medical education community to embrace this challenge.

Parting the Clouds: Three Professionalism Frameworks in Medical Education
Irby and Hamstra describe the three dominant frameworks used to describe professionalism in medical education, including the assumptions and contributions of each, to provide greater insight into the nature of professionalism.

A Framework for Understanding Lapses in Professionalism Among Medical Students: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Fitness to Practice Cases
To demonstrate the practical use of the theory of planned behavior (TPB) in fitness to practice cases, Jha and colleagues present four complex, anonymized case studies in which they employed the TPB to help deal with serious professionalism lapses among medical students.

Grant Success for Early-Career Faculty in Patient-Oriented Research: Difference-in-Differences Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Mentored Research Training Program
Libby and colleagues found institutional investment in mentored research training for junior faculty provided significant grant award gains that began after one year of program participation and persisted over time.

Conducting Research in Health Professions Education: From Idea to Publication
The December issue also has a listing of the online-only AM Last Pages included in Academic Medicine’s latest e-book, Conducting Research in Health Professions Education: From Idea to Publication. The e-book, consisting entirely of AM Last Pages, provides over 40 one-page primers on topics related to medical education research, exploring every stage of research from developing research questions, finding secondary data sources, and working in collaborations, to defining response rate, writing revisions, and promoting your published work.

What’s In the Queue: A Sneak Peek
Here’s a preview of an upcoming perspective by Jones and colleagues.

The Almost Right Word: The Move from Medical to Health Humanities
Therese Jones, PhD, Michael Blackie, PhD, Rebecca Garden, PhD, and Delese Wear, PhD

Since the emergence of the field in the 1970s, several trends have begun to challenge the original assumptions, claims, and practices of what became known as the medical humanities. In this article, the authors make the case for the health humanities as a more encompassing label because it captures recent theoretical and pedagogical developments in higher education such as the shift from rigid disciplinary boundaries to multi- and interdisciplinary inquiry, which has transformed humanities curricula in health professions. Calling the area of study health humanities also underscores the crucial distinction between medicine and health. Following a brief history of the field and the rationales that brought humanities disciplines to medical education in the first place—the “why” of the medical humanities—the authors turn to the “why” of the health humanities, using disability studies to illuminate those methodologies and materials that represent the distinction between the two. In addition, the authors make note of how humanities inquiry has now expanded across the landscape of other health professions curricula; how there is both awareness and evidence that medicine is only a minor determinant of health in human populations alongside social and cultural factors; and finally, how the current movement in health professions education is towards interdisciplinary and interprofessional learning experiences for students.

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