Graduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education Policies and Procedures

Policy on Professionalism

PURPOSE: To outline the professional attitudes and behaviors expected of a resident.

POLICY: The Internal Medicine Residency Program expects professional behavior from its residents with or in front of patients, members of the health care team, as well as faculty members, administrators, and staff. Professionalism, as defined by the ACGME, requires residents to demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population. Residents are expected to:

The American Board of Internal Medicine outlines the following criteria for Professional Attitudes and Behaviors:

Lacks altruism, accountability, integrity, commitment to excellence, duty, service, honor; disrespectful to other health care professionals, irresponsible, unreliable; not punctual; ineffective communicator; disruptive; disorganized; records tardy and/or illegible


Aspires to altruism, accountability, excellence, duty, service, honor; integrity and respect for others; is responsible, reliable, punctual, and cooperative; displays initiative, provides effective leadership; maintains legible and timely records

Therefore, residents are expected to:

o Appearance and dress are in line with professional standards
o Exhibits respectful and courteous behaviors
o Responsive to questions and accommodating to requests
o Does not express anger physically
o Accepts professionally accepted boundaries for patient relationships
o Conforms to sexual harassment and discrimination policies


Breaches in professionalism will be reported at the RPPC and reviewed per committee policy.


Approved by GMEC: 3/27/2015