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How can junior doctors spontaneously pursue the professional virtues of civility? The direct role of academic leaders
  1. Xuhao Li1,
  2. Qingyue Kong1,
  3. Yuanxiang Liu2,
  4. Jiguo Yang1
  1. 1 College of Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Tuina, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinan, Shandong, China
  2. 2 Department of Brain Diseases, Affiliated Hospital of Shandong University of Chinese Medicine, Jinan, Shandong, China
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jiguo Yang, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinan, Shandong 250014, China; Sdyangjiguo{at}; Professor Yuanxiang Liu; sdliuyuanxiang{at}

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In his feature article,1 McCullough LB et al highlights the importance of civility among medical educators and academic leaders in shaping the professional habits of junior doctors. He emphasises the role of medical educators in correcting unprofessional behaviour and emphasises the need for academic leaders to motivate junior doctors to develop virtuous professional habits.

The relationship between junior doctors and medical educators can be likened to that between students and teachers. Through active or passive learning from medical educators, junior doctors gain the necessary knowledge, experience and professional virtues. Academic leaders, as prominent experts in their field, play a guiding role in this process. Therefore, their relationship with junior doctors is akin to that between idols and fans. In this regard, academic leaders can serve as exceptional role models for guiding junior doctors to develop the inclination to …

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  • Correction notice Since this paper published online, the funding statement has been updated.

  • Contributors XL wrote the manuscript, JY revised the details of it and YL and QK guided the ideas of the manuscript. XL, QK, YL and JY both approved the final version for submission.

  • Funding Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Education and Teaching Research Project (ZYJN2019004) Research Project on Higher Education Development Planning of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (GJYJZ202206). China Ministry of Education Degree and Postgraduate Education 2022 Theme Case Project (Degree Centre Letter [2023] No.12). Key Projects of Shandong Undergraduate University Teaching Reform Research Project (Z2022039).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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