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Ask the expert: How can we teach professionalism in our program?

Residency Program Insider, December 2, 2008

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Although professionalism is difficult to define, residency programs should teach residents the components of professionalism defined by the ACGME. The organization calls on residents to show a pledge to fulfilling their professional responsibilities and observe ethical principles.

Unprofessional behavior is the cause of many disciplinary actions that state medical boards take against physicians. Although many residents may think they know what unprofessional behavior is, it doesn’t hurt to list the following unacceptable behaviors in your resident manual:

  • Dishonesty
  • Substance abuse and high-risk behavior
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Lack of commitment to self-learning
  • Prejudice
  • Arrogance
  • Disrespect toward others
  • Abrasive interactions with patients and coworkers
  • Lack of accountability


This week’s question and answer come from The Residency Program Director’s Handbook (published by HCPro, Inc.) by Robert V. Higgins, MD



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