DUCoM Professionalism Standards for Student Behavior

Students are expected to meet the following behavioral and professionalism objectives:

1.  Integrity
a. Act at all times in an ethical, responsible, and dependable manner
b. Conduct oneself in accordance with the Drexel University College of Medicine Honor Code
c. Maintain an honest approach to all activities so as to be deemed worthy of trust

2. Reliability and Responsibility
a. Complete all assigned tasks in a timely and responsible manner
b. Arrive on time for scheduled activities and notify appropriate individual for missed activities
c. Attend classes and meetings for their full duration and prepare appropriately for class activities
d. Respond promptly to faculty or administration when contacted personally or electronically
e. Admit errors and accept responsibility for one's own actions
f. Respond appropriately to witnessed unprofessional or unethical behaviors
g. Demonstrate self-motivation and accountability for one's own learning

3. Self-Awareness
a. Demonstrate ability to identify areas of deficiency in one's own performance
b. Accept constructive criticism and modify behavior based on feedback
c. Project a professional image in interpersonal relationships, manner, dress, and communication (including electronic)
d. Maintain composure during difficult interactions
e. Monitor personal biases that may interfere with professional duties
f. Request help from appropriate support resources when needed
g. Attend to one's own well being

4. Team-Building and Communication
a. Facilitate communication among team members
b. Acknowledge the value of other members of the health care team in providing patient-centered care
c. Treat fellow students, co-workers, faculty, administrators and staff with respect and sensitivity
d. Provide supportive and constructive feedback; including counseling to peers when appropriate
e. Listen to others respectfully and attentively
f. Manage conflicts in a collegial manner
g. Demonstrate accountability when unable to fulfill responsibilities

5. Patient-Centered Care
a. Meet all clinical responsibilities
b. Demonstrate respect, integrity, compassion and responsibility toward patients, even under difficult circumstances
c. Discuss / refer to patients in a respectful and non-judgmental manner
d. Maintain confidentiality of patient information
e. Acknowledge limits of knowledge within clinical setting
f. Take on extra work when appropriate for the benefit of the patient
g. Ensure that coverage for patients is provided for patients when unable to fulfill responsibilities



DUCoM Graduation Competencies in Professionalism

Trainees must demonstrate adherence to ethical principles, development of physician attributes, and commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities. By the time of graduation, students are expected to:

  1. Uphold the primacy of patient welfare with particular attention to patients who are medically, psychologically or socially vulnerable.
  2. Apply principles of autonomy, beneficence and justice, and work to resolve ethical dilemmas as they arise in clinical practice.
  3. Show commitment to lifelong cultivation of empathy, compassion, self-compassion, and self-care.
  4. Self-regulate personal feelings toward patients and families that impede effective communication.
  5. Show commitment to professional excellence and lifelong learning to provide patients with medical care informed by the most recent medical advances.
  6. Demonstrate honesty, integrity, reliability and responsibility in all interactions with patients, families, colleagues and other professional contacts.
  7. Maintain appropriate patient relations and interpersonal boundaries.
  8. Respond appropriately to observed breaches of medical professionalism or unsafe medical practices.
  9. Identify and manage personal and professional conflicts of interest.
  10. Maintain patient confidentiality.
  11. Demonstrate a professional image in behavior and dress.


Contact Information
Steven Rosenzweig, M.D.
Director of Professionalism Curriculum