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Commitment to Professionalism


The medical school curriculum and the subsequent years of postgraduate training prepare you for the practice of medicine. Professionalism is a central tenet of the practice of medicine and a core value of the UMSOM Renaissance Curriculum. As a medical student attending SOM, you have both the privilege and the responsibility of upholding the image of the many fine physicians who have preceded you. From your very first day of medical school, it is essential that you see yourself as a health care professional and act accordingly. In the first week of medical school, you and your classmates will be welcomed into the profession of medicine during the White Coat Ceremony, where both the professional and humanistic aspects of medicine are emphasized. You will learn and have a chance to practice these professionalism skills throughout your coursework in all four years, including during Practice of Medicine. Prior to starting clerkships, you will receive your professionalism pin as you reaffirm your commitment to the profession of medicine during the Student Clinician Ceremony

Students who display exemplary professionalism may be recognized through a Professional Commendation or by induction into the SOM Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Professionalism Commendations

Faculty or staff may recognize exemplary professional behavior of a student by completing a Professional Conduct Commendation (PCC). These will also generate a meeting with an assistant or associate dean in the Office of Student Affairs to recognize and affirm exemplary professional conduct. The notation will become a part of the student’s academic record and will be noted in the MSPE of their residency application.