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ABP Announces Updated Professionalism Guide

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 11:15

The ABP Education and Training Committee (in association with APPD, CoPS, and COMSEP) has revised the Professionalism Guide that was originally created in 2008.  The Guide was created as a resource for the key competency of professionalism and was revised in 2016 to include a digital version, searchable competencies, and adaptable specific content that can be used for a variety of educational sessions.

Click on the link to view the digital version or download a copy:


The guide lays out the dimensions of professionalism in pediatrics and provides suggested methods for teaching and assessing professionalism among pediatric trainees.  Annually, program directors are asked by the American Board of Pediatrics to determine whether each resident in their program has met expectations in the area of professional conduct. In addition, the program director must certify that the resident has achieved competence in professionalism at the end of training in order for the resident to be eligible to take the certifying examination. 

This guide was created and revised in order to help program directors address 3 key questions:

  1. What are the important elements of professionalism?
  2. How can expectations regarding professional conduct be communicated to residents? 
  3. What methods are appropriate for assessing professionalism during residency training? 

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 - Promoting Professionalism: An Overview for Medical Educators
  • Chapter 2 - Professionalism in Patient Care
  • Chapter 3 - Professionalism with Physician Colleagues and Other Health Professionals
  • Chapter 4 – Wellness and Its Impact on Professionalism
  • Chapter 5 - Society and Professionalism 
  • Chapter 6 - Professionalism After Training
  • Chapter 7 – Electronic Professionalism
  • Chapter 8 – Humanism Within Pediatrics
  • Chapter 9 – When a Learner is not Meeting Expectations Relating to Professionalism
  • Chapter 10 – Trustworthiness: A Foundation of Professionalism (Coming Soon)

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