Statement of Professionalism
The goal of the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) should be to create individual professionals; physicians who can access and examine critically, a reliable and extensive fund of knowledge and apply it consistently to maximize the clinical benefit of patients. COM students are expected to demonstrate academic professionalism and honesty, and to maintain the highest standards of integrity according to a code of honor that embodies a spirit of mutual trust and intellectual honesty. Michigan State University’s Medical Student Rights and Responsibilities (MSRR) document has established that medical students have certain rights and responsibilities, and affirmed that students are a party to the social trust shared by all in the university community. COM supports the policies and procedures described in this MSRR document.
COM recognizes that a code of professional behavior cannot encompass all potential issues of conduct that may arise, and that judgments regarding professional behavior are subjective thereby making it impossible to specify all behaviors deemed to be unprofessional. Students are expected to hold themselves and their peers to professional standards of behavior throughout their course of study. Included among these standards are five fundamental values of academic integrity including honesty, trust, fairness, respect and personal accountability. Codes of professional conduct as outlined in the MSRR document should be provided to COM students at the time of their enrollment in medical school and these principles should be reinforced throughout the curriculum. Students shall also be bound by the precepts of professional behavior contained within the AOA code of ethics and the institutions where they complete medical rotations.
ProfessionalismPrinciples of professionalism are not rules that specify behaviors, but guidelines that provide direction in identifying appropriate conduct. These principles include the safety and welfare of patients, competence in knowledge and skills, responsibility for consequences of actions, professional communication, confidentiality, and lifelong learning for maintenance of professional skills and judgments. Professionalism and professional ethics are terms that signify certain scholastic, interpersonal and behavioral expectations. Among the characteristics included in this context are the knowledge, competence, demeanor, attitude, appearance, mannerisms, integrity and morals displayed by the student to faculty, peers, patients and colleagues in other health care professions. Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a professional manner and to exhibit characteristics of a professional student.
Students Rights and Responsibilities
Each individual student is responsible for their behavior and is expected to maintain standards of academic honesty. Students share the responsibility with faculty for creating an environment that supports academic honesty and principles of professionalism. Proper relationship between faculty and student are fundamental to the college’s function and this should be built on mutual respect and understanding together with shared dedication to the education process. It is a fundamental belief that each student is worthy of trust and that each student has the right to live in an academic environment that is free of injustice caused by dishonesty. While students have an obligation to assist their fellow students in meeting the common goals of their education, students have an equal obligation to maintain the highest standards of personal integrity.