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Table 2 M2- Medical Professionalism Attributes

From: Pre-clerkship medical students’ perceptions of medical professionalism

Dependable Non-maleficence
Responsible Responsiveness
Respecting colleagues and their opinions Helping colleagues and peers when they need it
Treating all patients equally despite gender, race or religion Able to adjust well to different situations
Putting the patient first Intrinsically motivated
Competent Time management
Knowledgeable Keeping personal beliefs separate from medical advice
Acting with Integrity Tolerance
Empathy Able to work well with a spectrum of people
Commitment to providing quality care Confident but also modest
Dedicated to the work Acknowledging your own limitations
Team player; knowing when to lead and when to support Timeliness
Beneficence Holding yourself to a high standard at all times. Maintaining a professional …
Compassionate How you present yourself (attire, language used, body language)
Attentive listener Admitting mistakes. Accepting responsibility for success and failures
Avoiding conflicts of interest Inspire confidence in others including patients and families (giving people a …
Culturally competent Giving people your full attention and not being distracted
Discipline Having the courage to stand up for yourself and others when you feel there …
Open-mindedness Being non-judgmental and objective
Maintaining trust and confidentiality Spread your wealth of knowledge
Appropriate interactions with other members of the patient care team Innovative - Always seeking to advance or improve medical practice/patient care
Considerate of patients’ rights and needs Setting appropriate boundaries for patients/physicians
Preventing external factors from interfering with patient interactions Respecting the authority of your superiors and the boundaries set by them
Caring about the education of patients Attitude of consideration for ethics and ethical principles
Communicates well Holding others accountable to maintain professionalism
Having a good attitude Showing consideration and eliminating inequality for marginalized groups
Managing stress Strive to continue and maintain your medical education and knowledge
Maintaining moral code Asking for feedback from the people around you and learning from it
Speaking respectfully Never showing up for work impaired by drugs or alcohol
Maintaining composure when dealing with all patients Being a positive role model for your patients in their moments of weakness
Looking over things; double-checking Showing dignity to your patients in their moments if weakness
Being humble Recognizing that taking care of a patient’s health is a privilege and act … .
Safety in performing medical procedures