PURPOSE
To outline processes for students to become aware of and abide by the School’s commitment to professional behavior.

AUDIENCE
All medical students

LCME STANDARD
3.5 Learning Environment/Professionalism

POLICY
The Professionalism Statement reads: The practice of medicine requires the highest standards of personal and social responsibility. These standards should be fostered during medical training as well as throughout practice.

DEFINITION
Professionalism: the expectation that you will abide by the standards expected of your chosen profession.

Professionalism includes: behaving in an ethical manner; familiarizing oneself with, and abiding by, the regulations that govern this institution in general and which govern your position as a student in the School; taking responsibility for one’s actions; working to the highest level of competence; treating all those with whom one interacts in a collegial and respectful manner; familiarizing oneself with, and abiding by, the regulations that govern each medical education course as detailed in the course syllabus.

Examples of professional behaviors include arriving to class on time, attending mandatory components of the course, reading assigned materials, being prepared for all course and clinical experience activities, and completing course evaluations.

PROCEDURE

  1. Students are required to sign the Professionalism Statement annually.
  2. Incidents of unprofessional behavior may be brought to the Associate Dean of Student’s attention by anyone.
  3. Students who experience lapses in professional behavior may be referred to the Professionalism Improvement Committee for consultation and assistance in addressing the root cause of these lapses.
  4. Lapses in professional behavior may lead to disciplinary action by the Committee on Student Promotions, including, but not limited to, a dismissal recommendation.

RESPONSIBILITY
Registrar’s Office
Associate Dean of Students

REFERENCES
UC Davis School of Medicine, Professionalism Graduation Competency
UC Davis School of Medicine Bylaws and Regulations, Regulation 60 (A) (4)

RELATED POLICY/POLICIES
Code of Academic & Social Conduct
Coursework and Professionalism Remediation Policy
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Professionalism Statement (PDF)

POLICY OWNER
Committee on Student Promotions

REVIEWED BY
Committee on Student Promotions*
Professionalism Improvement Committee
Associate Dean of Students
Registrar

REVIEWED DATE and REVIEW CYCLE
June 16, 2021; 3-year cycle