Learning Objectives

Among the educational goals mandated by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education), is the development of professional values and behaviors. The scholarly and research work in the field of medical history at this AAHM conference as part of continuing medical education is twofold: 1) to continue to develop learner’s knowledge and understanding of professionalism, and in so doing 2) contribute to the improvement of patient care. To do so, conference presentations will identify specific learning objectives related to these goals.

Please select 2 – 3 objectives from this menu or write your own objectives that relate directly and clearly to the effect that your presentation will have on a healthcare professionals knowledge, or skills or behaviors that they can bring forward and apply with patients, and peers and members of a healthcare team in a healthcare setting (hospital or classroom or community).


1) Develop knowledge and understanding of professional behaviors and values

By the end of this activity, the learner will:

  • Develop the capacity for critical thinking about the nature, ends and limits of medicine
  • Deepen understanding of illness and suffering
  • Identify successes and failures in the history of medical professionalism
  • Understand the dynamic history of medical ideas and practices, their implications for patients and health care providers, and the need for lifelong learning
  • Promote tolerance for ambiguity of theories, the nature of evidence, and the evaluation of appropriate patient care, research, and education
  • Recognize the dynamic interrelationship between medicine and society through history

2) Contribute to the improvement of patient care

  • Critically appraise clinical management from a historical perspective
  • Develop an historically informed sensitivity to the diversity of patients (including appreciation of class, gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, cultural, spiritual orientations)
  • Acquire a historically nuanced understanding of the organization of the U.S. healthcare system, and of other national health care systems
  • Elicit and write a patient’s history worthy of an historian
  • Respond to changes in medical practice guided by a historically informed concept ofprofessional responsibility and patient advocacy.