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Professionalism: Do We Know it When We See it?

Objective/ Background: Professionalism is something that we assume is taught or embedded within medical school curricula, but we have seen learners exhibit aspects of unprofessional behavior at times. The question becomes whether these breaches in professionalism occur because professionalism isn\'t taught or because of different interpretations or expectations of professionalism.


Methods: In this interactive workshop, we will discuss how we define professionalism, where those standards originated from, how to clarify our expectations around professionalism, and how to provide feedback regarding lapses in professionalism. We will confront the biases that are inherent in discussions around professionalism and provide strategies for ensuring bias-free feedback.


Results: In small group breakouts, we will provide missions/values from our institutions and translate these broad ideas into a concrete set of expectations focused on professional behavior in the clinical context. We will report out to the larger group to find common threads to build a professional code that is applicable across institutions.



 We will conclude with a discussion on how to model and teach professionalism and how to provide unbiased, objective feedback on breaches in professionalism.


Conclusion/ Discussion: Participants will receive a toolkit that will guide them on how to: set expectations around professional behavior in the clinical learning environment; identify lapses in professional behavior while remaining aware of possible bias; identify the lapse in professional behavior clearly; provide respectful feedback about behavior; follow-up to encourage lasting change.

Topics: Faculty Development Seminar, 2024, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Professionalism, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME, UME,

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Faculty,Clerkship Director,Clerkship Coordinator,Osteopathic Faculty,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Professionalism,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
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Huma Farid, MD

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