Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Professionalism is an attribute and competency demanded of all physicians and an important component of the College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. Medical schools have a responsibility for the initial professional education of their students and for assisting in the development of professional attitudes and attributes among these students.
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Professionalism is an attribute and competency demanded of all physicians and an important component of the College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. Medical schools have a responsibility for the initial professional education of their students and for assisting in the development of professional attitudes and attributes among these students. The basic components of professional behavior can be clearly defined and monitored during the medical education experience. Forms and procedures initially developed at the University of California San Francisco (Academic Medicine 2004 79: 244-249) have been validated and adopted by an increasing number of medical schools, residency programs and professional organizations (AAMC, ACGME, ABIM, ABMS, AMA). The Physicianship and Professionalism Advocacy Program (referred to as "PPAP") establishes a process used to monitor, evaluate and improve the professional behavior of medical students at the College of Medicine.
It outlines the process for reporting concerns about medical student professionalism and sets forth the outcomes that may result from that process. The forms used to document the concerns to students about their professional behavior are posted on the FAU College of Medicine website. The PPAP program shall not apply to student violations being adjudicated under University Regulation 4.007 (as described in Section IV of this policy). The foundation underlying the prescription of student standards at the College of Medicine is the conviction that the exercise of individual rights must be accompanied by related responsibilities. By accepting membership in the University community, a student acquires rights in, as well as responsibilities to, the whole University community. These rights and responsibilities are defined within this policy. All students are subject to the policies and procedures described herein.
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This paragraph describes the procedures for all appeal hearings described above. The primary purpose of the appeal hearing is to ascertain whether the penalty under appeal was imposed in a manner consistent with the requirements and standards of the Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine, the rights and obligations of the student, and the rights and obligations of the faculty. All hearings are closed to the public and the press. The appeal hearing is not adversarial in nature, and the formal rules of evidence do not apply. The student and all other interested parties will be invited to attend and participate in the hearings. The student may choose to have an advisor present. The advisor may consult with the student but may not participate in the hearing directly unless given permission to do so by those conducting the hearing. If the student's advisor is an attorney, the University will have an attorney present as well. Either party to the appeal may call witnesses. Summary minutes of the appeal and relevant attachments shall be provided to either party upon request..
Professionalism is a core competency for all medical students and is fundamental to the practice of medicine. Students are expected to demonstrate adequate professional and personal attributes both within and outside the boundaries of a course or clerkship. If inadequate professional behaviors are noted outside of course work or clinical experiences, students will be subject to receiving a PEF from the central educational administration. Concerns will be summarized and the form will be completed by the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Faculty Development or the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, rather than course or clerkship directors. Therefore, this category of physicianship evaluation is called "Institutional Physicianship Evaluation." The evaluation describes areas in which improvement in professional performance is needed, and is parallel to and includes the standard physicianship evaluation criteria: ability to meet professional responsibilities; ability to improve and adapt; ability to establish adequate relationships with faculty and administrative personnel; ability to meet reasonable expectations of peers and standards of good citizenship. The following examples describe the kinds of behavior that would warrant an Institutional Physicianship Evaluation: a student's behavior violates the law or the norms of moral decency, a student falsifies financial information in order to procure student loans; a student does not respond in a reasonable manner to multiple communications from the Offices of Medical Education or Student Affairs; a student does not meet the requirements that are in place to progress to clinical responsibility, including but not limited to receiving required immunizations, scheduling and completing USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 by the required dates. Rapid feedback to students is a goal of this evaluation process and will be prioritized whenever information becomes available. An Institutional Physicianship Evaluation will be completed and submitted after attempts to give the student feedback about these issues have been unsuccessful. Such feedback, though strongly encouraged, is not required in order to submit an Institutional Physicianship Evaluation. The student will meet and discuss the evaluation with the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and the student's response, including a corrective plan, is recorded. If the student disagrees about the merits of the submission of an Institutional Physicianship Evaluation, the student may ask for review by an inquiry committee, to be constituted in the manner described above. The inquiry committee's findings and recommendations are sent to the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, who forwards them on to the MSPPSC for decision. If the evaluation is found invalid, the issue will be dropped. Otherwise, actions taken by the MSPPSC, based on information from the Database and the inquiry committee, include: no action, SI by the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, or other disciplinary actions as may be indicated.