Professionalism Committee Charter
The professionalism committee strives to instill and uphold the values and ideas set forth in the University of Tennessee College of Medicine's Code of Professionalism among students, residents, and faculty.
The committee, which consists of three elected members from each class and a faculty advisor, is responsible for fostering patient welfare, colleague cooperation and teamwork, personal growth, and civic duty by encouraging altruism, professional ethics, honesty, integrity, humility, accountability, nonjudgmental and respectful attitudes, and commitment to excellence.
The committee shall fulfill its responsibilities through education via seminars/lecture series, role modeling and mentoring programs, and supporting other offices, which promote community involvement.
Role of Faculty Advisor
The faculty advisor will be utilized as a resource for dealing with student-faculty issues, planning educational events, and as an advisor on extreme or recurrent issues of unprofessional behavior.
If an issue of unprofessional behavior arises between a student and faculty member during the preclinical or clinical years, it is recommended that a committee member be consulted before any further action occurs. This is to ensure the situation is handled in an appropriate manner.
Ideally, this committee will be able to foster a professional attitude among the college of medicine without requiring punitive recourse. However, should an issue concerning unprofessional behavior become recurrent with an individual, the following recourse is suggested*:
Verbal feedback by a committee member shall be given to the individual/party involved discussing the realm of unprofessional behavior and potential actions if the behavior is not corrected.
Should the problem reoccur with the same party, written feedback shall be given by a committee member. This letter will specify the behavior in question and specific actions taken if it is not corrected. The committee will keep this letter as documentation; however, it will not be filed.
As a last resort of recourse with a third incident, the faculty advisor will be consulted about the situation with the option of giving a formal written warning signed by a committee member and the advisor to the involved party. Moreover, this letter may be filed in the student's personal file.
*A committee member has the option to make exceptions based on severity. That is, he or she has the option to make additional verbal warnings before written ones OR if the unprofessional conduct is severe, he or she may file a written warning in addition to a verbal one. Any incident that is brought to a committee member's attention that may fall under Honor Council jurisdiction must be brought before an honor council member for referral before being discussed among the professionalism committee. If the issue is not an honor code violation, then the professionalism committee should handle the situation as previously discussed.
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