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Professionalism


Medicine's contract with society

Overview


  • Professionalism refers to the skills and attributes required or expected of members of the profession.

Professionalism is at the core of medical practice and the basis of medicine's contract with society. Physicians are expected to demonstrate their commitment to patients, society, and the profession through ethical practice.

Each year, the CMPA assists members in responding to allegations of unprofessional behaviour. This domain focuses on the principles and lessons learned from these medical-legal cases.

Objectives


After completing this domain you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the value of honesty, integrity, and respect in the practice of medicine.
  • Identify strategies to promote culturally safe practice.
  • Describe various methods for handling conflict.
  • Distinguish boundary crossings from boundary violations.
  • Describe situations where a boundary crossing or violation has occurred.
  • List strategies to prevent boundary crossings.
  • Consider the impact of social media on your professional identity.
  • Respect the ethical obligation to report unprofessional physicians.

Topics and case studies

Professionalism in practice

Professionalism in practice

Values, commitment and expectations
Being honest

Being honest

Practising with integrity and trustworthiness
Cultural safety

Cultural safety

Respect for patients and families
Behaviour

Behaviour

Courtesy and respect
Dealing with Conflict

Dealing with conflict

Working together
Respecting boundaries

Respecting boundaries

Staying on side
Social media

Social media

Sharing responsibly
Supporting colleagues

Supporting colleagues

Knowing when to help
Quick answers

Quick answers

Questions from our physician members
Test yourself

Test yourself

Check your knowledge