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OUWB Professional Code of Conduct

OUWB Professional Code of Conduct


Authorizing Body:

Office of the Dean


Angela Nuzzarello, M.D.

Date Issued:

August 1,2011

Last Update:

April 21, 2014

Scope and Applicability:

All students enrolled in the School of Medicine

Standard Practice Guideline:

All students must abide by these professional tenets.

  • I will treat my colleagues, teachers, patients, patients’ families, and all members of the health care team with respect, honesty, and compassion without regard to age, height, weight, disability, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, veterans status, race, gender, ethnicity, social status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or political ideology.
  • I will present myself professionally to the School of Medicine community and the local community through my language, dress, and deportment.
  • I will abide by the rules of confidentiality in all my interactions with patients and will always put the patient’s interests before my own interests or financial gain.
  • Honesty will guide my interactions both inside and outside of the classroom. I will never give nor receive impermissible assistance on exams or class work and will not claim someone else’s work as my own. Information that I provide regarding my patients will be true, complete, and verifiable.
  • My motivation for learning will always be to provide the optimal care for my future patients.
  • I will take responsibility for staying physically and psychologically healthy as necessary to complete my studies and care for my patients and will seek assistance when needed.
  • I will abide by all the policies, procedures, rules, and regulations, ordinances and other requirements of OU, Beaumont, and the School of Medicine.
  • I will create an atmosphere that allows my colleagues to learn and grow professionally.
  • I will recognize my limitations and will always strive to improve.
  • I agree to maintain this code, discourage its violation, and to report any infraction.
  • In addition, the duty to act in the best interest of the patient is the fundamental ethical principle of the medical profession. This duty dictates certain standards of professional and ethical behavior for medical students that include but are not limited to the areas of honesty, health, professional boundaries with patients and criminal activity.
  • Dishonesty such as cheating on examinations or academic assignments, falsifying applications or data on medical records, and other forms of dishonesty are wrong not only because such behavior violates intrinsic academic integrity, but also because such behavior may negatively affect patients.
  • Specific unacceptable behavior and/or illnesses that impair performance include, but are not limited to, active drug and/or alcohol abuse, severe psychiatric illnesses and, occasionally, physical illnesses. It is not permissible for students to interact with patients while impaired by these conditions. It is the policy of the School of Medicine to encourage recognition of unacceptable behavior and/or illness that leads to impairment in medical students.
  • It is never appropriate to have a sexual relationship with a patient, including a consensual relationship. A romantic relationship based on this information is always inappropriate.
  • Knowledge acquired during the doctor patient relationship should never be used for any purpose other than therapeutic.
  • Criminal activities including but not limited to selling drugs, child abuse, possession of child pornography and sexual activities resulting in legal designation as a registered sex offender will not be permitted.


The School of Medicine community is committed to providing a learning environment that promotes mutual respect among students and faculty. In order to do this, we believe that certain principles of professionalism must be upheld. 


There is an ethical imperative to report medical students and physicians in violation of these standards. Reports about students will be made to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Reports about faculty or other physicians should be directed first to clerkship supervisors, hospital administrators, the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, and then, if necessary and appropriate to the Physician Health Committee of the Michigan Medical Society.


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