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College of Medicine Florida State University
Professionalism at FSU COM
Christopher A. Leadem, Ph.D. & Robert Campbell, M.D.
Division of Student Affairs & Admissions
The key elements of professionalism in medicine*
• Altruism- serve the interests of the patient above your own selfinterest
• Accountability- to patients, society and the profession
• Excellence- conscientious effort to exceed ordinary expectations
and to make a commitment to life-long learning
• Duty- free acceptance of a commitment to service
• Honor & Integrity- consistent regard for the highest standards of
behavior and the refusal to violate personal and professional codes
• Respect for Others- (patients, families, professional colleagues)
is the essence of humanism
*, From the American Board of Internal Medicine, Project Professionalism, 1994
Societal Contract
“With great power comes great
You are in a guild now.
It is no longer about you…it’s about your
The Florida State University College of Medicine Student Handbook is published annually by the College of
Medicine Division of Student Affairs. Information contained in this handbook is subject to change. The most current
and updated version is available online at
Honor Code
The Florida State University College
of Medicine expects students to be
honest in all of their class work. In
addition to academic honesty, we
expect a high standard of personal
and professional conduct in the
physicians we aspire to train.
*, Adopted by FSU’s College of Medicine faculty in 2002
Commitments of Faculty
We pledge our utmost effort to ensure that all components of
the educational program for students are of high quality.
• As mentors for our student colleagues, we maintain high
professional standards in all of our interactions with patients,
colleagues, and staff.
• We respect all students as individuals, without regard to
gender, race, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation; we
will not tolerate anyone who manifests disrespect or who
expresses biased attitudes towards any student or resident.
• We pledge that students will have sufficient time to fulfill
personal and family obligations, to enjoy recreational
activities, and to obtain adequate rest; we monitor and, when
necessary, reduce the time required to fulfill educational
objectives, including time required for “call” on clinical
rotations, to ensure students’ well being.
Commitments of Faculty (con’t)
• In nurturing both the intellectual and the personal development
of students, we celebrate expressions of professional attitudes
and behaviors, as well as achievement of academic excellence.
• We do not tolerate any abuse or exploitation of students.
• We encourage any student who experiences mistreatment or
who witnesses unprofessional behavior to report the facts
immediately to appropriate faculty or staff; we treat all such
reports as confidential and do not tolerate reprisals or
retaliations of any kind.
Examples of inappropriate behaviors are:
• Physical punishment or physical threats
• Sexual harassment
• Discrimination based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or
ethnic origin, age, disability
• Repeated episodes of psychological punishment of a student by a particular
superior (e.g. public humiliation, threats and intimidation, removal of
• Grading used to punish a student rather than to evaluate objective
• Assigning tasks for punishment rather than to evaluate objective performance
• Requiring the performance of personal services
• Taking credit for another individual’s work
• Intentional neglect or intentional lack of communication.
From: 2011/12 FSU COM Student Handbook
FSU Sexual Harassment Policy
(3) DEFINITION. Sexual harassment is defined as
unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and
other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed at
an employee or student by another when:
(a) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or
condition of employment, academic status, receipt of University services,
participation in University activities and programs, or affects the measure of a
student's academic performance; or,
(b) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for a decision
affecting employment, academic status, receipt of services, participation in
University activities and programs, or the measure of a student's academic
performance; or,
(c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with
employment opportunities, work or academic performance or creating an
intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
Commitments of Students
We pledge our utmost effort to acquire the knowledge, skills,
attitudes, and behaviors required to fulfill all educational
objectives established by the faculty.
We cherish the professional virtues of honesty, compassion,
integrity, fidelity, and dependability.
We pledge to respect all faculty members and all students as
individuals, without regard to gender, race, national origin,
religion, or sexual orientation.
As physicians in training, we embrace the highest standards of
the medical profession and pledge to conduct ourselves
accordingly in all of our interactions with patients, colleagues,
and staff.
In fulfilling our own obligations as professionals, we pledge to
assist our fellow students in meeting their professional
obligations, as well.
Evaluation & Promotion Committee
Charged with reviewing all students’ academic
Composed of faculty- Dr. Stine is the chairperson
• A grade other than honors or pass in any course or
• Displaying behavior that is unacceptable or
unprofessional, and fails to meet the level of
professionalism reasonably expected of medical
students and future physicians, provided that some
behaviors may be so egregious as to justify immediate
dismissal of a medical student.
Dr. Robert Campbell
Facebook: “I peed.” (social networking)
Youtube: “Look at this pee!” (video)
Twitter: “I need to pee.” (microblog)
Linkedin: “I am good at peeing.” (business
Foursquare: “This is where I peed.” (location)
Fluid and constantly changing based on new
technology, websites, etc.
Glossary of Social Media Terms:
everything that’s already in the world when
you’re born is just normal;
anything that gets invented between then and
before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and
creative and with any luck you can make a career
out of it;
anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is
against the natural order of things and the
beginning of the end of civilization as we know it
until it’s been around for about ten years when it
gradually turns out to be alright really.
Douglas Adams. How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet. 1999.
Make connections between people
Improved communication for events
Opportunity to create a positive self-image
Social outlet
Collaborative learning
Share educational experiences
Educate patients
Social Media blurs the line between your
professional and personal life
Social contract
Sacred public trust
Poor social image
Political Views
Sexual Preference
 Cell Phone Numbers
 Pictures
•78/130 Medical Schools
•60% (47/78) incidents of
student unprofessional
•Violations of patient
confidentiality 13%
•Profanity 52%
•Discriminatory language
•Depiction of intoxication
•Sexually suggestive
material 38%
•Of the 45 schools that
•30 (67%) gave warnings
•3 reported student
dismissal (7%)
Online posting of Unprofessional Content by Medical
Students JAMA 2009;302:1309-1315
Looked up the names of 800 medical students and
residents on facebook and found 362 profiles (44.5%)
 Only 37% made private
 6% revealed home address
 Over 50 percent included sexual orientation and political
Randomly selected 10 students
 7 had picture of drinking alcohol and inferences to
excessive drinking
 3 had joined groups that could be interpreted as sexist
(Physicians looking for trophy wives in training) or racially
charged (I should have gone to a blacker college)
The Intersection of Online Social Networking with Medical Professionalism – Journal of General Internal Medicine Volume 23, Number 7, July 2008
338 doctors in University of Otago
in 2006
65% had facebook
27% had no privacy
Half the photos showed alcohol
with 10% showing evidence of
Belonged to groups such as:
Perverts united’
 ‘F*** medicine - I want to be a
ninja’, which was ‘dedicated to
medics who are sick and tired of the
prospect of a hideously long
training time, lack of respect, poor
hours and rectal exams on elderly
MEDICAL EDUCATION 2010; 44: 805–813
Robert Lindeman, M.D.
Malpractice suit
involving a 12-year-old
Anonymous blog
 Ridiculed the plaintiff's case
 Ridiculed the plaintiff's lawyer
 Revealed the defense strategy
 Accused members of the jury for dozing
Asked of he was Dr. Flea – settled the next day
Patients on social media
Professors on social media
Selection of applicants to college and to
The social contract with society
Use social media
Understand the implications and your duty
Think before you post
Once you post content, you relinquish control
of its proliferation forever
Even the strictest privacy settings do not
ensure total security
Never reveal confidential or exclusive
information on the Internet
Respect copyrighted material and post only
with consent of the owner
References to staff, faculty, students, or any
person or organization associated with FSU
(including competitors) must be truthful and
Refrain from posting pictures or posts that
you may regret