Statement on Medical Professionalism
1. The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont educates physicians to meet high standards of professionalism and practice in environments where effective, humane, and compassionate patient care is paramount. We affirm our commitment to creating and maintaining a community that supports and encourages respect for every individual. To that aim, we expect all members of the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont community to act professionally in the school, hospital and wider community; with patients, those close to them, families and colleagues.
2. Medical training is a time of unique clinical, educational and social experiences for medical students as well as a time when appropriate professional attitudes and behaviors can be developed and nurtured. Those responsible for educating medical students must emphasize the importance of professionalism and demonstrate it by example.
3. While knowledge and technical skills are crucial in medicine and science, the manner in which they are used is equally important. In addition to competence in their disciplines, all medical professionals must strive to exhibit those qualities that constitute professionalism.
Applicability of the Policy
Reviewed and Approved
- Medical Curriculum Committee and LCOM Advisory Council, on April 12, 2012
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