Measuring professionalism in a physiatry residency training program

Joel A. DeLisa, Patrick M. Foye, Sudesh Sheela Jain, Steven Kirshblum, Christopher Christodoulou

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A 12-item questionnaire modeled after the one prepared by the American Board of Internal Medicine dealing with professionalism was distributed to 122 physiatry residents representing six training programs, of whom 59% (72) responded. The mean item score on the survey was 7.7 (SD = 1.0) on a scale from 1 to 10, where 10 represents the highest level of professionalism. The internal reliability of the questionnaire was found to be satisfactory (Cronbach's α = 0.75). A factor analysis of the questionnaire items resulted in three factors explaining 64% of the variance. These factors were: excellence, honor/integrity, and altruism/respect; Eigen values were 3.35, 2.37, and 1.31, respectively. These factors are similar to those obtained in the American Board of Internal Medicine survey. This similarity is a positive feature in ongoing efforts to develop a reliable tool for measuring professionalism in physiatry residency training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


  • Clinical Competency
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Professionalism


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