The Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Colorado team members—including faculty, staff, and leadership—have alignment on core shared values. Our standards of behavior include professionalism across our work in patient care, education, and research settings. As a department, we acknowledge our obligation to create and to sustain an environment of respect and a positive culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all times and across our affiliated institutions and clinical and educational settings, as articulated in the School of Medicine’s Professionalism Code of ConductTeacher-Lear​ner Agreement,​ and Faculty Promise​ and as affirmed in every faculty contract and letter of offer, a culture of respect and compassion is essential to achieving excellence in education and patient care. As faculty, it is our obligation to treat all learners (students, residents, and clinical and post-doctoral fellows), patients, colleagues, and co-workers with respect, compassion, empathy, and tolerance.

The DOP Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs is the initial resource for any professionalism concerns. We provide a confidential, open-door safe zone for all faculty support. Conflict assessment, mentorship issues, and individual or group informal mediations are some offerings. We can provide options and coaching on addressing concerns with departmental or School of Medicine leadership. Provider wellness work includes helping groups to improve culture and morale. Our partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Human Resources Talent Development Team offers additional target coaching and support.

We are also an information hub for referral resources on the CU Anschutz campus and within the University. Below are key resources with links to important professionalism resources within the University of Colorado and School of Medicine.

SOM Office of Professional Excellence (OPE)

The SOM Office of Professional Excellence (OPE) provides a private resource to obtain a fair and equitable process and resolution for all matters pertaining to professionalism concerns regarding residents, fellows, staff members, and faculty in any school or college on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The primary goal is to help those who have been involved in an incident to return to being valued and productive members of the Anschutz Medical Campus community. It is not to provide discipline or to be punitive, but rather to help work through those things which will most benefit a full and realistic recovery from difficult situations.​

The CU Anschutz Office of Professional Excellence (OPE)​ provides a central resource for resolving all concerns related to professionalism. The OPE seeks to promote and advocate for professionalism as an essential ingredient for achieving excellence. The OPE also provides a safe environment for reporting unprofessional behaviors. The resources of the OPE are available to all students, residents, fellows, staff and faculty members, in any school or college on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

CU Ombuds Office

The CU Ombuds Office is a safe, confidential, nonbiased resource that can be accessed to discuss, voice, and clarify any university-related concerns. Operating as a voluntary, impartial, informal, independent, and confidential third-party resource, the ombuds is available to hear individual complaints and help identify options for resolving those concerns. Staffed by well-trained professionals skilled in listening, facilitating, recommending, mediating, and coaching, the office also offers trainings and seminars.

CU Office of Equity (OE)

The Office of Equity ​was created to help CU Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus build and sustain a just, equitable, and welcoming culture free from discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. The Office of Equity provides resources related to Discrimination, Affirmative Action, Title IX, Sexual Harassment and Misconduct, Equal Opportunity (EEO), and Disability. The Office of Equity responds to all reports of harassment or discrimination and is available to all members of the University community.

The CU Office of Equity’s stated mission is to strive to stop, prevent, and remedy discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and any related retaliation; provide education, training and outreach; and design policies and procedures to make our campus safer and to ensure all individuals are treated with dignity, compassion, and respect. The OE administers the Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policies and enforces the CU Conflict of Interest in Cases of Amorous Relationships Policy, Equal Opportunity Employment, and Affirmative Action Plans. Self-guided online trainings and in-person educational sessions are offered. All faculty and employees are required to complete the Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct training administered by the OE.

CU Ethics and Compliance Program

The University has adopted an institutional Ethics and Compliance Program that is intended to support[SA1]  a culture of ethics and compliance within the university community. Faculty, staff, and students who work on behalf of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are responsible for conducting themselves within the law and in keeping with the ethical standards of the university and the State of Colorado. Visit these websites for information about compliance-related resources and materials:

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Research Integrity Home

Office of Regulatory Compliance

Professionalism Resources

Resources for Teachers

All faculty members are expected to review the Teacher​-Learner Agreement,​which outlines the guiding principles for ensuring a positive climate for learning, along with school’s curriculum objectives, the student supervision policy and other important resources related to faculty teaching obligations.

Faculty members have a special obligation to understand learner mistreatment, why it occurs, how it is defined, why it is important, and how it impacts students, colleagues, team members, and patients. For resources and helpful teaching guidelines, see Responsibilities and Resources for Teachers.

All clinical teachers should review the document, Working with Your Students: Avoiding Miscommunication and Mistreatment (5-Minute Clinical Faculty Orientation).