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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Radiologists' Statement of Professionalism

I am always on the lookout for good examples of how professionalism can be defined. Today I came upon the definition published by the Radiological Society of North America. It reads as follows:

Professionalism is the basis of medicine's contract with society, placing the interests of patients above those of the physician, setting and maintaining standards of competency and integrity, and providing expert advice to society on matters of health — in short, a contract that addresses issues of ethics, knowledge, and communication. In practice, professionalism encompasses a set of beliefs, values, and behaviors that reflect commitments to
  • Professional competence

  • Honesty with patients

  • Patient confidentiality

  • Maintenance of appropriate relations with patients

  • Sensitivity to patients of diverse backgrounds

  • Improvement of quality of care

  • Improvement of access to care

  • Just distribution of finite resources

  • Scientific knowledge

  • Maintenance of trust by managing conflicts of interest

  • Maintenance of appropriate relations with other physicians and healthcare professionals