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Professionalism Initiatives

In 2007 the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology reaffirmed its commitment to professionalism. The challenges and increasing demands on obstetrician-gynecologists have contributed to the erosion of many aspects of professionalism in our specialty.  We acknowledge the need to preserve and strengthen our core values of integrity, altruism, duty, service, empathy, compassion, and respect for others.  We are committed to the highest standards of excellence in the practice of medicine, the welfare of our patients and the health care needs of women.

To create and maintain a culture of professionalism in the department, we have developed the following goals and initiatives:


  • Increase awareness of professionalism among all care providers
  • Improve working relationships between nurses, physicians and all individuals involved in patient care
  • Improve communication between care providers and their patients
  • Increase understanding of our patients’ social context in order to improve overall care delivery


  • Grand Rounds to increase awareness about the issues around professionalism. 
  • Residency seminars on cultural competency to increase awareness of the cultural and social issues affecting our patients.
  • Intern orientation on professionalism.
  • Selected reading assignments for residents.
    • Ball, JR: Professionalism is for Everyone
    • Duff, P: Professionalism in Medicine: An A-Z Primer. Obstet and Gynecol, 2002;99:1127-8.
  • Recognition program established on the Obstetrical Service to recognize professional behavior. Any staff member may be nominated by their colleagues for this distinction in recognition of professional behavior.  The recipients will be listed on the unit.  This will occur every other month.
  • Team history taking on labor and delivery to establish better communication between all care providers and our patients.  Nurses and housestaff jointly interview patients at time of admission in order to minimize duplication of information and present a team approach to communication and care delivery.
  • Self-reflection groups for all house staff in order to encourage self-reflection and help with conflict.
  • John J. Mikuta Award for Professionalism in Women’s Health established to recognize an individual in the department demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards of excellence in the practice of medicine, embraces the core values, is committed to the welfare of their patients and the health care needs of women.