What Is Professionalism?
Professionalism describes the behaviors, responsibilities and values one assumes in practice of a profession.
In medicine, medical education and training, professionalism includes absolute integrity, awareness of the impact of one's behavior on patients, colleagues and coworkers. It includes clear, honest and timely communication, meticulous, compassionate and up-to-date care, with the highest priority given to the needs and interests of our patients.
In research, it includes absolute integrity and collegial and respectful relationships with colleagues and coworkers. It is respect and concern for the welfare of research subjects, both human and nonhuman, and manage any potential conflict or appearance of conflict of interest.
- Provide tools for personal and team growth
- Promote collegiality and collaboration through increased professionalism college wide
- Evaluate and remediate performance issues, patient dissatisfaction, and other behaviors that undermine a culture of safety, collegiality, or collaboration in a consistent and fair manner
The center offers mini grants, between $300 and $1,000, to support innovative and unique small programs focused on professionalism. View details and application information.
Ellen Friedman, M.D. is available to give lectures and presentations on professionalism for retreats, conferences, programs, grand rounds and more. Contact the center at ProfessionalismMatters@bcm.edu or 713-798-4553.
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Ellen M. Friedman, M.D., FAAP, FACS
Director, Center for Professionalism
One Baylor Plaza, Suite 206A
Mail Stop: BCM165
Houston, Texas 77030
Administrative Contact, Center for Professionalism
Integrity Hotline: (855) 764-7292