This paper is based on the Bradshaw Lecture delivered at the college in July 2012. It is a personal reflection on surgical professionalism garnered from experience not only as a professor of surgery for 31 years, and recently as Vice-Dean for Professional Affairs at University College
London, but also from experience acquired as the only surgeon case examiner in the Fitness to Practise Directorate of the General Medical Council (GMC) over the last 7 years. During this time, I have been involved in the investigation of over 2,000 doctors referred to the GMC regarding fitness-to-practise
allegations. Some issues have been addressed in a previous Bulletin article. This paper provides an update and highlights some recent concepts that were presented in the Bradshaw Lecture.
Professor of Surgery and Vice-Dean for Professional Affairs, University College London
Publication date: November 1, 2012
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