Professionalism Accountability

Professionalism is the basis of medicine’s contract with society. It demands placing the interests of patients above those of the physician, setting and maintaining standards of competence and integrity, and providing expert advice to society on matters of health. [ABIM Foundation, Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A The Physician Charter, 2005,]

Professionalism is a core value of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport (LSUHSC-S) and is instilled in all institutional activities. It is a principal competency in medical education, validated by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The LSUHSC-S School of Medicine’s Education Program Objectives are aligned with LCME Standards and ACGME Competencies and integrate various aspects of professionalism accordingly. Professionalism involves relationships and interactions between all those involved in medical education and the delivery of patient care including learners, faculty, and staff at all locations. It also pertains to research endeavors and collaborations with for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and other outside entities. Professional behavior is transferable to all facets of an individual’s life, including behavior during curricular and extracurricular activities. Medical students are expected to develop and exhibit the following humanistic qualities that are essential to the practice of medicine: