AED: Altruism Excellence and Duty: A Professionalism Module for Emergency Medicine

Format Publication ID Version Published
Tutorial, Reference 8145 1 November 11, 2011
Medical College of Wisconsin


This is a two hour module designed for Emergency Medicine residents that summarizes the concepts of professionalism into three core values of altruism, excellence, and duty. The sessions allow residents to read, reflect, discuss, and write about their personal values and how to apply them to their professional career. Residents are encouraged to see the link between their behavior as a physician and their future success in Emergency Medicine.


Callahan E, Marcdante K. AED: Altruism Excellence and Duty: A Professionalism Module for Emergency Medicine. MedEdPORTAL; 2011. Available from:

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Educational Objectives

  1. To become familiar with the broad definitions of professionalism.
  2. To identify a simple three part model using the core values of altruism, excellence and duty (AED).
  3. To assess their own personal values related to AED, and understand the link to their professional career.


  • Altruism (MeSH), Critical Incident, Task Performance and Analysis (MeSH), Reflection, Honor, Integrity, Professional Behavior


  • Medical
    • Emergency Medicine

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Professionalism

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Medical Ethics
  • Personal Characteristics/Attitudes

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study

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