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J Educ Eval Health Prof > Epub ahead of print
J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2020; 17: 43.
Published online December 21, 2020.
[Epub ahead of print]
Core elements of character education essential for doctors suggested by medical students in Korea: a preliminary study
Yera Hur1  , Keumho Lee2 
1Institute of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea
2Center for Liberal Arts, Korea University of Technology & Education, Cheonan, Korea
Correspondence  Keumho Lee ,Email:
Editor:  Sun Huh, Hallym University, Korea
Submitted: November 18, 2020  Accepted after revision: December 21, 2020
This preliminary study aimed to determine how medical students perceive character education in Korea. A structured survey questionnaire was distributed to 10 medical students between September and December 2018, of whom 6 students replied. Students’ responses were classified into elements, which were also categorized. Twenty-nine core elements of characters in 8 categories were verified as essential for doctors and as needs for character education. The most frequently suggested categories were “care and respect,” “empathy and communication,” and “responsibility and calling.” Participants also stated that various forms of character education are necessary and that they were not satisfied with the teaching methods of the character education that they had received. These results verified the most essential character traits for doctors and identified problems related to current character education. The results of this study will be helpful for preparing the character education curriculum in medical schools.
Keywords: Character; Medical students; Professional practice gaps; Republic of Korea; Respect
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