During her year as a Presence-CASBS fellow, Kiki Lombarts will work on a book manuscript, provisionally titled Baring Soul, that examines the moral foundation of the medical profession and how it, in modern times, relates to high quality patient care and public trust in physicians in modern times. Due to major economic, societal, political and technological changes, the credibility of the professional ideology of “doing good” and the profession’s related status, are both under assault. In her sabbatical project, Lombarts is interested in investigating the views, leadership and practice that physicians and the profession are holding, and putting forward to counter the threat of losing professional soul. Lombarts will explore “doing good” from multiple interrelated perspectives, including professional identity formation of physicians during medical training, the role of cynicism as a dominant characteristic of the medical culture, and the practice of shared humanity in the physician – patient relationship. Lombarts hopes to identify and develop new approaches for creating human-centered experiences for patients.
Kiki Lombarts is a professor of professional performance (2013) at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her broader research interests are in performance measurement, graduate medical training, learning environments, well-being of healthcare professionals and compassionate care (organizations). She has published approximately 110 peer reviewed papers covering these issues. Her last book, Physicians’ Professional Performance: Between Time and Technology (2010 Uitgevers, 2014; updated 2019), discusses excellence, humanistic practice and accountability as the three pillars of professional performance; it has found its way into new (performance) policies, (P)GME curricula, teaching practice, professional development and research in the Netherlands and abroad. See also: https://professionalperformance-amsterdam.com/en/