Education

Professional Conduct Comment

The Professional Conduct Comment provides a process for faculty, residents, fellows, medical students, and staff to comment upon either exemplary professional behavior OR lapses in professional behavior demonstrated by faculty, residents, fellows, medical students, or staff in the learning environment at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, to the Professionalism Program, through the mechanism outlined below.

The purpose of the Professionalism Program, which will be composed of key administrators and faculty and staff representation, is to promote and reward excellence in professional behavior and ensure both compliance with policies and procedures addressing professional conduct, as well as to address inappropriate conduct.

The comment form is a mechanism created to allow follow-up on a concern of a lack of or a departure from professionalism standards, or to commend an individual for exemplary professional behavior. Submitting a comment about a lack of professionalism will start a process to address a concern, which may or may not result in disciplinary action against the individual about whom the comment was submitted.

Any constituent will be able to access the comment form via the UA COM Internet site and submit a report. While not completely anonymous, the COM will strive to maintain the privacy of the individual who submitted the comment to reduce the “chilling” effect that making public comments would create. However, in the interest of fairness to the individuals charged with unprofessional conduct as well as other persons who may be asked to provide additional information, neither confidentiality nor anonymity can be guaranteed. Retaliation of any kind against individuals providing comments or others whose information may be required to substantiate a charge is prohibited and will be treated as a violation of the Student Code of Conduct or of other applicable University and ABOR policies. 

After receiving a comment, the Professionalism Program will distribute it to the appropriate administrators for acknowledgement or action as deemed necessary.

If you experience or are aware of harassing or discriminatory conduct you are urged to report the matter to the University’s Office of Institutional Equity. University policy strictly prohibits retaliation against an individual for reporting perceived harassment or discrimination or for participating in a resulting investigation. More information can be found at the Office of Institutional Equity website

Professional Conduct Comment Form