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The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions Publishes Article by Wright Center’s Meaghan Ruddy, Ph.D., and Brown University/Harvard Medical School’s Hedy S. Wald, Ph.D.


Meaghan Ruddy, Ph.D., Chief Research and Development Officer for The Wright Center for Community Health and Senior Vice President of Assessment and Advancement for The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, co-authored an article with Hedy S. Wald, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a faculty member of Harvard Medical School’s Global Pediatrics Leadership Program, that was recently published by The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions.

Their article, “Surreal Becomes Real: Ethical Dilemmas Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Professional Identity Formation of Health Professionals,” examines fundamental quandaries of clinical and biomedical ethics for healthcare professionals, committees and systems have been raised into stark relief by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the article’s abstract: “The nature and extent of critical issues raised by this ongoing crisis, including challenging ethical dilemmas for the healthcare profession, is likely to have an indelible impact on the professional identity formation (PIF) of learners and practitioners across the trajectory of the professional lifecycle. The lifelong process of PIF for health care practitioners, from learner through independent practice, is supported in medical education by intentional reflection, relationships within the community of practice include guidance from mentoring, as well as resilience, both emotional and moral. We consider how grappling with ethical dilemmas related to the COVID-19 pandemic can challenge, inform, and even potentially transform the PIF process, thereby supporting development of a morally resilient, humanistic professional identity in health care trainees and health care professionals.”

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About The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP): JCEHP is the official journal of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, and the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. Its mission is to publish articles relevant to theory, research, practice and policy that contribute to the continuing professional development of individuals and teams of healthcare professionals and the health professions.

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