Physicianship & Medical Professionalism
The following are LSUHSC Institutional Program Objectives related to the competency domain of professional behavior:
- Students maintain integrity and personal responsibility:
- Be honest and trustworthy when writing reports and completing or signing forms or other documents.
- Treat patients even though their medical conditions may put you at risk, and take appropriate steps to minimize risk or seek treatment in the event that patient poses a risk to your safety.
- Act with honesty and integrity to ensure that your conduct justifies the trust the patients place in you and the profession.
- Refrain from improper relationships with patients.
- Refrain from expressing personal beliefs in ways that are likely to exploit patients’ vulnerability.
- Adhere to the codes, laws, and regulations of practice relevant to their work.
- Students demonstrate an understanding of their responsibilities to others (patients, colleagues, the profession, and society):
- Respect the patient’s right to seek another opinion.
- Understand and support your patient’s emotional state.
- Treat colleagues fairly and with respect.
- Do not provide medical services if your performance is affected by alcohol or other substances.
- Act in your patient’s best interest when making referrals and providing care.
- Maintain honesty when assessing the performance of colleagues.
- Take appropriate steps without delay if concerns arise that a colleague displays unprofessional behavior.
- Do your best to ensure fair access to healthcare services for all patients.
- Provide medical care in the best interest of the patient that is not compromised by collaboration with industry or any outside influence.
- When engaged in research, comply with established standards and protect the interests of research subjects as a first priority.
- Students understand their own limits and ensure their own competence:
- Take personal responsibility for maintaining up-to-date knowledge of basic science and clinical medicine.
- Be aware of the boundaries of your knowledge and skills.
- Always state your qualifications, skills, and experience truthfully.