CLER Tip of the Week: Professionalism

March 25, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Professionalism is one of the six core domains that the CLER site visitors will assess during their visit to Michigan Medicine.

Professionalism is like “the Force” (sorry for the Star Wars analogy) — it is all around, but most times difficult to see! Questions may be directed to how residents and faculty receive education and training around professionalism.

The definition of medical professionalism from the American Board of Medical Specialties:

Medical professionalism is a belief system in which group members (“professionals”) declare (“profess”) to each other and the public the shared competency standards and ethical values they promise to uphold in their work and what the public and individual patients can and should expect from medical professionals.

At the heart of these ongoing declarations is a three-part promise to acquire, maintain and advance: (1) an ethical value system grounded in the conviction that the medical profession exists to serve patients’ and the public’s interests, and not merely the self-interests of practitioners; (2) the knowledge and technical skills necessary for good medical practice; and (3) the interpersonal skills necessary to work together with patients, eliciting goals and values to direct the proper use of the profession’s specialized knowledge and skills, sometimes referred to as the “art” of medicine.

Medical professionalism, therefore, pledges its members to a dynamic process of personal development, life-long-learning and professional formation, including participation in a social enterprise that continually seeks to express expertise and caring in its work.

So how does Michigan Medicine teach and assess professionalism?

Professionalism is emphasized during resident orientation and in all program-specific orientations; resident feedback on professional behavior is taken seriously by program directors and administration and reported through various evaluations completed by members of the health care team. Residents are also assessed regularly for professional behavior, and evaluate their faculty for professional behavior, as well.

Each week, Headlines will share an important tip in preparation for the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER).

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