Professionalism is at the heart of medicine and defines how we relate to our patients, our colleagues and our learners.  As physicians, we have responsibility to the communities we serve, the colleagues we work with and the learners we teach.

All faculty and learners are held to professional standards consistent with the practice of medicine, recognizing the responsibility and privilege that accompanies our role as physician. 

The Office of Professionalism is available to all faculty and learners within the College of Medicine through a variety of proactive and reactive activities. 

Proactive functions:
    Development of policy and guidelines
    Development and provision of educational sessions with learners and faculty
    Surveillance of the learning environment

Reactive functions:
    Assistance to faculty and learners who refer issues of unprofessional behaviour
    Determine means to address identified unprofessional behaviour
    Development and provision of education and remediation plans

Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns.
The attached flow chart outlines how concerns are managed.

Learner Initiated Concern

Learners are encouraged to address issues in the Learning Environment with the individual, with the Clerkship Director (CD), Program Director (PD) or other faculty. Learners may also contact the Associate Dean of Professionalism regarding issues of intimidation, harassment, and discrimination.

Meeting with Associate Dean is confidential and allows the learner the opportunity to discuss the issue and learn about steps to address.  Learner’s request for anonymity will be respected although it may limit the Associate Dean’s ability to respond to concerns. Situations that raise concern for safety of Learners may require action.