The KU-SOM Professionalism Initiative includes many entities and activities:
All entering Medical Students at the University of Kansas School of Medicine take an oath of commitment during the "White Coat Ceremony", at the onset of Medical School, the very beginning of their medical careers. This oath summarizes the essence of professionalism: we encourage all medical professionals to honor the guidelines set forth in this document.
Oath of Commitment
The University of Kansas School of Medicine
As I begin my training as a physician at the University of Kansas School of Medicine I pledge the following:
I promise to earn the trust and respect of my teachers and to return them in kind,
for only through mutual trust and respect can we learn the skills required of a physician.
I will accept responsibility for those medical duties that I feel prepared for;
I will hold back when I am not prepared;
and I will seek the experience that I need to prepare myself.
I will strive to preserve the dignity, the humanity and the privacy of all my patients,
and through my openness and kindness I will seek to earn their trust in turn.
I will treat my patients and my colleagues as my fellow beings and never discriminate against them for their differences;
and I will ask that they do the same for me.
I will value the knowledge, and the wisdom of the physicians who have preceded me;
I will add to this legacy what I am able, and I will pass it on to those who come after me.
As my skills and my knowledge grow so too will my awareness of my limitations and my errors;
I will strive to recognize and understand my weaknesses;
And I promise never to put an end to my studying and learning that I might improve myself every day of my practice, in all the years to come.
In 2004, on the occasion of the admission of the 100th class to the School of Medicine, the Honor Council introduced the Book of Honor. Each first year student signed the book as a celebration of the school's trusting community and its foundation in the Honor Code. The book stands as a testament to the special environment we take part in, an environment of integrity and character grounded in the Honor Code. The signing of the Honor Book serves as a symbol and a celebration of the Honor Code, and as affirmation of one's belief in a community guided by the principles of professionalism.
Knowledge is Healing Program
The Knowledge is Healing Program honors donors to the KUMC Willed Body Program. Each fall students and School of Medicine faculty participate and express their appreciation and gratitude to the donor families.
The Transition Ceremony at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine is a rite of passage which signifies that students have attained the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors required to begin to care for patients. The Transition Ceremony is held as Medical Students complete their second year of studies and prepares them to begin their role as student clinicians. Making the transition from the first two pre-clinical years of medical school to the clinical rotations is a critical transition in a medical student's life. It is a landmark in the educational career of each student and celebrates the students' readiness to use their basic science and clinical science skills in the care of patients on their clerkships.
The event celebrates the success of our students, alleviates some of the anxiety associated with the transition from an emphasis on classroom learning to the clinical rotations, and reviews the critical issues of professionalism, HIPAA, confidentiality, and the importance of humanism and compassion in patient care. An important part of the event is discussions with fourth year students in which senior students mentor entering third year students and provide practical information on how to survive on patient care units and how to provide optimal care to patients.
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The Advisory Group on Professionalism at The University of Kansas School of Medicine, (August 2001) is composed of: