Instruction in Professional Behavior may include settings such as clinical teaching;  case-based teaching, mentoring, role modeling; and role playing with clinical vignettes, when  aspects of respect, altruism, integrity, honesty, compassion, and empathy can be more easily discussed.

Here are a number of other resources that may also be useful to you in the development and implementation of program's approach to competency and outcomes assessment and improvement. The information contained in these approaches reflects those undertaken by your UMMC's colleagues, as well as others in your profession to develop and implement the Professionalism competency within their program or institution.

  • UMMC's Anesthesiology program conducts a resident retreat.  The chief residents, program director, and faculty, including the Chairman developed the agenda and selected presenters. Residents participate in discussions and other learning activities related to teaching skills, time management, and team-building exercises.  For more information, please contact the UMMC's GME Department.
  • UMMC's Internal Medicine program holds an annual educational retreat for rising senior and rising chief residents. During the day-long session, residents participate in workshops on enhancing their skills in a variety of areas, including giving effective feedback, making work rounds work more effectively, teaching medical students, encouraging professionalism during their daily work routine, leading inpatient teams, infusing evidence based medicine into their clinical activities, ensuring effective sign-outs and hand-offs, and enhancing teamwork. For more information, please contact the UMMC's GME Department.
  • UMMC's Pathology program developed a "hot seat" rotation where the senior residents must demonstrate skills in prioritizing making diagnostic decisions, and teaching other trainees, while attending physicians supervise the residents' abilities to practice at a more independent level. For more information, please contact the UMMC's GME Department.
  • UMMC's General Surgery program instituted a "Chief School", a series of weekly seminars lasting eight weeks, with the focus of professionalism, team building and leadership. For more information, please contact the UMMC's GME Department.
  • The American Board of Internal Medicine has a wide variety of evaluation tools for use with the internal medicine residents, which include use of praise/concern cards to document and evaluate professional behavior, including a 360-evaluation process that incorporates this aspects of the Professionalism competency. Access the American Board of Internal Medicine resource.
  • ACGME has developed a guide to provide an educational resource for program directors and other medical educators, Advancing Education in Medical Professionalism, to aid teaching and assessing Professionalism. Access the ACGME resource.