Professionalism aspires to altruism, accountability, excellence, duty, service, honor, integrity, and respect for others. It comprises the attitudes, behavior, and interpersonal skills defined as essential in relation to patients and their families, and other health care professionals. Professionalism includes the ability and willingness to communicate effectively, to accept responsibility, to write comprehensive and timely medical records, to be available as consultants to other physicians when needed, and to evaluate critically the new medical and scientific information relevant to the practice of medicine.

The fellows are expected to consistently demonstrate a high standard of moral and ethical behavior. A deficiency in moral and ethical behavior precludes certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine and will be treated with utmost importance. Alleged deficiencies will be documented by the attending physician and program director, and discussed at the Faculty Education Committee meeting. This behavior will lead at least to counseling and careful scrutiny. Documented deficiencies in moral and ethical behavior may lead to dismissal from the training program after the fellow is given an opportunity to address the issues involved and after consultation with the Graduate Medical Education Office.

The program will ensure that its fellows demonstrate the fundamental qualities of professionalism. Fellows are expected to:


  • Demonstrate respect, regard, and integrity, and a responsiveness to the needs of patients and society that supersedes self-interest
  • Assume responsibility and act responsibly
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence and on-going professional development
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ethical principals pertaining to provision or withholding of clinical care, confidentiality of patient information, and informed consent
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences, including awareness of their own and their patients’ perspectives