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Our Larner College of medicine community upholds the highest standards of professionalism as we follow our passion for lifelong learning and improvement. We demonstrate professionalism through integrity, accountability, compassion, altruism, and social responsibility. We honor the trust our society has placed in us as stewards of the art and science of medicine, relying on cultural humility, kindness, and respect to guide our daily interactions. We expect all members of our community to embrace these principles of professionalism as we strive to conduct and support patient care, research, and education that are second to none.

Message from Dean Page

Dean Richard L. Page, M.D.Everyone at a college of medicine should feel that they are in an environment where they can do a job, be respected, and be around others who are committed to treating each other—their colleagues and collaborators, their patients, their students, people who work for them, and the people they work for—in a professional manner. It makes patient care better when individuals are setting a fully realized example for others. This is an area that first became a focus for me when I was chief of cardiology at the University of Washington; I carried this priority with me to Wisconsin, where the professionalism initiative begun in the Department of Medicine was subsequently adopted across the entire College of Medicine.

Professionalism must be a core value of educators, scientists, caregivers, and all those who work in medicine and science. Because of medicine’s great importance in people’s lives —often literally sustaining them—that power has to be handled responsibly, and with humility. It is what we have to expect of ourselves, and it has to be the environment we provide for each other. I’ve been delighted with the acceptance that I’ve found here for this emphasis, and am appreciative of the work of our Professionalism Statement Task Force and many other members of our community to develop a Statement on Professionalism that serves as inspiration and aspiration for us all.

Today’s celebration was just the beginning of a renewed focus on and commitment to our values, to our missions, and to each other. Thank you for all you do every day in education, research, and service, and for your support in creating a culture of professionalism at our Larner College of Medicine. This core value will serve as the foundation for all of our accomplishments in the coming years, in our three missions of patient care, research and education.

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Perspectives on Professionalism


Lyndelle LeBruin, M.S., M.P.H.

Single Quote MarkSingle Quote MarkIt is my hope that all members of our community will see this as “our statement” and one that will form part of our identity while working and studying here."

- Lyndelle LeBruin, M.S., M.P.H.


Debra Leonard, M.D., Ph.D.

Single Quote MarkSingle Quote MarkMy hope is that our Professionalism Statement will be a beacon for the welcoming and affirming environment we want and expect, where we all can be passionate about our work and feel supported, respected, and encouraged by those we work with here at the Larner College of Medicine."

- Debra Leonard, M.D., Ph. D.


ulager-jamesSingle Quote MarkSingle Quote MarkBecoming a professional is not an event that occurs when we earn a professional degree. It is not conferred, but it is lived."


- James Ulager, M.D.


Statement on Professionalism Task Force

Thank you to the Statement on Professionalism Task Force for their work on developing this statement.


Jacqueline Drouin, Clinical Coordinator, LCOM Campuses
Lyndelle LeBruin MS, MPH, Research Staff, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Gordon White, Manager, Technical Support Services


Conner Soderquist, MS3
Nikkole Turgeon, MS1
Emily Whitaker, PhD Graduate Student, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics