. . . a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive preparation including instruction in skills and methods as well as in the scientific, historical, or scholarly principles underlying such skills and methods, maintaining by force of organization or concerted opinion high standards of achievement and conduct, and committing its members to continued study and to a kind of work which has for its prime purpose the rendering of a public service . . . (1)
We in American medicine are a profession. Judged against medicine and nations in half of Europe and much of Asia, we are
MKSAP IV: A Professional Commitment: What is a profession?. Ann Intern Med. ;85:675–676. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-5-675
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