Professionalism

"The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head." - Sir William Osler

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is committed to creating a positive environment and community that is conducive to optimal education, research, and clinical care. FoMD members should strive to maintain the following values. These include but are not limited to: Honesty, Integrity and Confidentiality; Respect and Civility; Responsible Behavior; and Excellence and Inquiry.

FoMD Definition of Professionalism

Professionalism is the behavior by which we demonstrate that we are worthy of the trust bestowed upon us by the public, because we are working for the public good (Swick 2000*). Professionalism is demonstrated by a series of behaviors and attitudes expected of FoMD members within their FoMD roles, that upholds the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, respect and accountability. These require social and communicative competence to integrate multiple competing priorities in complex and uncertain environments. This will define how we handle ourselves in different situations, such as teaching, learning, mentoring, research, clinical care, administration and community engagement.

This webpage gathers resources and information in relation to each program within FoMD to help FoMD members understand their own professionalism in the drop down left-hand menu. On the right-hand side of the webpage, is the link to the online professionalism reporting within FoMD. Here, people can anonymously or confidentially submit an "accolade" - positive comments about a person or situation that role-modelled and/or exemplified professionalism, or to submit a professionalism "concern": comments about concerns of mistreatment, harassment, discrimination or apparent unprofessional behaviour.

For transparency, anonymized summaries of previous years' professionalism concerns and accolades are uploaded into the green button "The Professionalism Annual Reports". This is accessible to those FoMD members with CCID and password, for transparency and accountability in how FoMD deals with professionalism concerns and accolades.

*Swick HM. 2000. Towards a normative definition of medical professionalism. Acad. Med. 75:612-616