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Professionalism

Professionalism

(This competency is weighted ~10% of your overall clerkship evaluation.)

At the UFCOM, we believe that professionalism is the intersection of clinical competence with character and caring. More specifically, character involves respect, honesty, ability to self-assess, work ethic, and striving for excellence. For other perspectives on this, I encourage you to look at the ABIM’s Professionalism Charter  and the AMA’ s Code of Ethics.

As you can imagine there is controversy surrounding whether these qualities can be taught this far into your education. I believe that you all possess the foundation of these qualities. However, I do think there are ways we can help you apply them more effectively to patient care or at least help you resist the erosion of these values, which unfortunately happens all too often when faced with the realities of “the system”.

Self-assessment and reflection are two areas of focus during this clerkship. The following are some suggested ways to practice this and demonstrate your competence in the portfolio format. The first two are requirements of the portfolio.

1. Reflective writing (required)

2. Formative feedback session with self-assessment (required minimum once per month)

3. Journaling

4. Peer evaluations