Professionalism is an important aspect of the physician-patient relationship and a competency that is required by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Here at BUSM, we take pride in promoting and demonstrating professionalism in our medical school curriculum.

We have set up a system to help students who are struggling with professionalism issues.  This new system is meant to assist students.  The hope is that early interventions will lead to a reduction in the number of students going to the Medical Student Disciplinary Committee.  As such, a Professionalism Incident Reporting Form has been created to document incidences of unprofessional behavior.  This form will be used to report behaviors that do not meet the standard expected of Boston University School of Medicine students.

Incidences of unprofessional behavior toward patients, other students, administrators or faculty, will initially be addressed at the course or clerkship level by the course manager or clinical director with the student.  Should a decision be made to file a report, that report is filed by the course or clerkship director in the presence of the student. The student will be given the opportunity to respond to the concerns and contribute to a remediation plan, if necessary.  All Professionalism Incident Reporting Forms are reviewed by an Assistant Dean in the Office of Student Affairs and, if appropriate, the student will be required to meet with the Assistant Dean.

If a student has two incidents of unprofessional behavior, he or she will be required to meet with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs to discuss the behavior.  Any additional reports will result in the student appearing before the BUSM Student Evaluation and Promotions Committee.

Should you have any questions or concerns please email Dr. Symes at

See Also:

Professionalism Form
BUSM Medical Student Disciplinary Code of Academic and Professional Conduct

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