Medicine is a profession and so entails professional behavior.


Elements of medical professionalism:

(1) respectful, sensitive and compassionate in dealings with others

(2) shows integrity and honesty

(3) responsive to the needs of patients and society

(4) accountable

(5) committed to excellence and competence

(6) committed to on-going professional development

(7) maintains confidentiality

(8) appropriate in relationships

(9) fair and unbiased

(10) does not let personal advantage or profit interfere or influence behavior

(11) executes professional responsibilities


Failures in professionalism may include:

(1) being abusive or hostile

(2) being disruptive

(3) being inappropriate

(4) being influenced by money or other incentives


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