Professional behavior is expected of School of Medicine students throughout the medical school curriculum. Professional behavior includes, but is not limited to, respectful and integrity-based involvement, interactions, and introspection. This behavior manifests as responsibility to patients, peers, faculty members, staff, and oneself. It also includes responsibility for self-education and self-improvement, timeliness, attendance, and active participation in learning activities. Expectations for professional behavior increase as a medical student moves into the clinical learning environment and assumes responsibility for patient care. Professional behaviors may be considered when grades are assigned by Course and Clerkship Directors and are included in reviews of student performance and progression. Unprofessional behavior may also result in formal consequences (including probation or dismissal), even if such unprofessional behavior did not affect the student’s grade.
The Medical Student Professionalism Committee was formed in 2002. Its purpose is to:
Committee membership includes basic science faculty, clinical faculty, faculty from the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, faculty from other University of Colorado healthcare professional programs or schools, and student representatives from each class.
Professionalism Awards provide an opportunity for peers and faculty/residents/other healthcare team members to recognize outstanding examples of professional behavior.