Medical Professionalism

UW School of Medicine and UW Medicine are committed to high standards of professionalism in patient care, research and education among our faculty, staff, residents, fellows, and students in Seattle and throughout the WWAMI region.

Professionalism is integral to our mission of improving health, and includes demonstrating excellence, respect, integrity, compassion, altruism, and accountability in all endeavors and creating an environment supportive of diversity in ideas, perspectives and experiences. All individuals in our professional and academic community are responsible for creating an inclusive environment where every person is valued and honored, and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner with colleagues, patients, and the public, as outlined in our Policy on Professional Conduct.

See the above links for education, awards, pertinent policies, and support for how to manage/raise a concern about professionalism in your working or learning environment. We also encourage you to reach out to us or a supervisor, leader, or other trusted individual if you have a concern about professionalism in our community, or a suggestion about how to improve the available resources. We need your voice in order to improve Рas a medical school, institution, and as a profession.


Second-year medical student Kenley Unruh (left) with pediatric patient, with the teaching support of instructor Dr. Cicely White in Spokane.


Dr. Ajit Lemaye collaboratively leads Microbiology Grand Rounds at UW Medical Center. This multidisciplinary group (clinical microbiologists, students, residents, fellows, pharmacists and medical technologists) meets to review microlab results of patients in the UW Medicine system. This ensures that patients are getting appropriate care and provides an excellent learning opportunity for students.