More than 10 years ago, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry developed and endorsed this Charter of Professionalism. A guideline for all students, faculty and staff, the charter is based on three fundamental principles of professionalism:
Primacy of patient welfare
Four Pillars of Professionalism
The Four Pillars of Professionalism were created to guide students, faculty and staff to ensure professional conduct at all times, whether in the classroom, clinical setting or outside of formal educational settings. While the Four Pillars apply most directly to those in medicine and dentistry, the principles can be extended to encompass all programs and constituents across the School.
Is courteous in daily interactions with classmates, teachers health care professionals, patients and families. Acknowledges members of the larger medical community whether at school, or in clinical environments.
Strives to understand roles of and appropriately engages other members of the health team.
Maintains professional demeanor, language and attire.
Demonstrates an understanding of individual autonomy and how this relates to decision making for patients and families.
Attends learning activities and clinical duties punctually. Maintains an excellent attendance record, communicating with teachers and supervisors in advance of absence. Helps to create an environment which is conducive to learning through collaborative and openness.
Demonstrates an understanding of individual diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, ethnicity, appearance, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or other arbitrary factors.
Respects the personal boundaries of others, including but not limited to, refraining from making unwanted romantic or sexual overtures or physical contact.