Professionalism Initiative Summary

The values of professionalism as described in this section combine to create a milieu which enhances patient care, a continued commitment to scholarship and high standards of research, the health care needs of society, and the ability of all colleagues in the health professions to interact and carry out their responsibilities optimally. Medical knowledge is simply not enough. Optimal medical and scientific practice also require good judgment, respect for the art of medicine and the values learned from mentors and role models and respect toward patients and families. For the medical profession to retain its hard-earned prestige well into the 21st century, a renewed effort toward the revitalization of professionalism is essential.

Last modified: Sep 06, 2012