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Title: Is Our Professionalism All It Should Be?

Is Our Professionalism All It Should Be?
  • Professionalism
  • Implies
  • Commitment
  • Training
  • Competence
  • (as with NBA, policemen, soldiers, etc.)

  • "Learned" Professions
  • Law
  • Religion
  • Medicine
  • Essence of Professionalism for these

  • Components of Medical Professionalism
  • Altruism
  • Accountability
  • Excellence
  • Respect for others
  • Personal commitment to life-long learning
  • Duty
  • Honor and integrity
  • (KUMC definition)

  • Sources of Concern re Professionalism
  • Medical student graduation questionnaire
  • AMA
  • AAMC
  • ABIM
  • Local anecdotes

  • VCU School of Medicine Standards of Professional
  • These standards describe behaviors expected from
  • faculty,housestaff, and students in the School of
  • Recognize their positions as role models for
    other members of the health care team.
  • Carry out academic, clinical and research
    responsibilities in a conscientious manner, make
    every effort to exceed expectations and make a
    commitment to life-long learning.

  • Treat patients, faculty, housestaff and students
    with humanism and sensitivity to the value of
    cultural, social, age, gender, disability and
    economic diversity without discrimination, bias,
    or harassment.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Be respectful of the privacy of all members of
    the medical campus community and avoid promoting
    gossip and rumor.
  • Interact with all other members of the health
    care team in a helpful and supportive fashion
    without arrogance and with respect and
    recognition of the roles played by each

  • Provide help or seek assistance for any member of
    the health care team who is recognized as
    impaired in his/her ability to perform his/her
    professional obligations.
  • Be mindful the limits of ones knowledge and
    abilities and seek help from others whenever
  • Abide by accepted ethical standards in the
    scholarship, research and standards of patient
  • Abide by the guidelines of the VCU Honor System.

  • Vignettes

  • Concerns and Dilemmas
  • Receiving gifts from commercial reps
  • Billing for services of others
  • Reporting patient impairments to "others"
  • Unclear use of placebo (clinical trial)
  • Misrepresentation ("Doctor Assistant")
  • Withholding information re medical "error"
  • Multiple privacy issues (including elevator talk)

  • Bottom Line
  • Medical Professionalism is an expected
  • behavior in all interactions
  • Faculty
  • Housestaff
  • Support staff
  • Students

  • Professionalism
  • If there are "lapses," how do we raise the
  • level of Professionalism in our "culture"?
  • Answer Create Awareness
    in all of us!

  • The Oath of Hippocrates
  • I do solemnly swear by that which I hold most
  • That I will be loyal to the profession of
    medicine and just and
  • generous to its members
  • That I will lead my life and practice my art in
    uprightness and honor
  • That into whatsoever house I shall enter it shall
    be for the good of the sick to
  • the utmost of my power, I holding myself aloof
    from wrong, from
  • corruption, from tempting of others to vice
  • That I will exercise my art solely for the cure
    of my patients, and will
  • give no drug, perform no operation, for a
    criminal purpose, even if solicited, far less
    suggest it
  • That whatsoever I shall see or hear of the lives
    of men which is not fitting to be
  • spoken, I will keep inviolably secret
  • These things I promise and in proportions as I am
    faithful to this my oath may
  • happiness and good repute be ever mine, the
    opposite if I shall be
  • forsworn.

  • SOM Professionalism Website
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