Medical Professionalism in Pakistan: Taking inspiration from the Pakistani Motto.

  • Noor I Kiran
  • Khadija Waheed


Medical professionalism is considered to be a very important component in medical education and embodies a social contract of a doctor to the community he serves. The social contract, as defined by Cruess, is ‘‘a contractual relationship with a series of obligations and expectations based on mutual trust between the society and medicine’’(1). Each society has different moral and social norms and hence it become rather clear that medical professionalism and its attributes will vary from society to society. Much work has been done in the west to define attributes related to medical professionalism. However, Western frameworks of medical professsionalism may not be suited to the cultural values of non-Western countries.

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