Profiles in Professionalism

Making Good Decision-Makers

"Every day in a physician’s life is just a whole series of challenges. Everything is an intellectual challenge but often it is also a moral and professionalism challenge." - Dr. Adina Kalet

Assessing Professionalism

"One student I remember was a professor’s child, who would come in looking like he hadn’t bathed in a week, wearing a T-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap worn backwards… I mean, if you were a patient, would you want this guy touching you?" - Dr. Deborah Ziring

Where Do We Go From Here? Implementing Organizational Professionalism

"Thinking about where we are with this, where the idea is and where we’re going… I have both excitement about this concept because it’s new and a blank slate, and humility because I realize how little we know about how to go about implementing it." - Dr. Barry Egener

Present-Day Professionalism

"Initially, I understood the word ‘professionalism’ as a core part of my identity as a one-on-one clinician. On further reflection—and in the context of the current climate—I am beginning to realize that it includes more than this, it is something broader." - Kelsey Priest

Nurturing Professionalism at the System Level

"My job is to make it as easy as possible for physicians to do the right thing and that’s about creating a system, structures and support that facilitate that." - Dr. Sachin Jain

Committing to Patient Autonomy with Open Notes

"If this was a medicine that could do all of these things—improve patient compliance, improve a patient’s trust in their provider, improve the likelihood that a patient will follow through with your recommendations—you would put all of your patients on it." - Dr. Robert Unitan

Teaching Professionalism

"This helps to build the culture of professionalism, particularly through the acknowledgement that professional standards are sometimes overlooked." - Dr. Johanna Goldfarb

Calling a Truce On Physician-To-Physician Incivility To Avoid Burnout

"Although as physicians we may feel powerless to reverse many of the negative aspects of the march toward the commercialization of medicine, we can personally address our own ability to communicate respectfully to one another." - Dr. Ellen Friedman

Professionalism: Then and Now

Drs. Sylvia and Richard Cruess, subject matter experts of the Physician Charter reflect on the origins of medical professionalism and its current significance.

Professionalism: Notes for Physicians in Training

"It is our job to uphold our patients’ high expectations and to embody professionalism as an internal commitment and belief that what you do matters." - Dr. Angela Jarman

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