The Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics continues its series on great clinical teachers, focusing on professionalism in practice. The Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics is in agreement with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, and the CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework, that professionalism is essential to the practice of medicine, regardless of the level of training. Clinical teachers are in an excellent position to promote and assess professional behaviors in students but are often hesitant to address lapses in professionalism; however, addressing professionalism early is critical, as professional misbehavior in medical school is a major risk factor for subsequent censure by state medical boards. This article discusses tools and strategies for the assessment, remediation, and promotion of professionalism in medical students.

Many practitioners say, “I know it when I see it,” but defining professionalism can be challenging. Professionalism is built...

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