University of Pittsburgh


Assessment of Professionalism as an Obligation for Self Regulation

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: Noon - 1 pm
Location: Scaife Hall 11th Floor, Room 1104 (Note room change)
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Maxine Papadakis, MD

Maxine A. Papadakis, MD, is a leading investigator the field of professionalism.  In a series of ground-breaking studies and in collaboration with the Federation of State Medical Boards, Dr. Papadakis linked long term outcomes important to patient care (disciplinary action against physicians by licensing boards) to performance of physicians during training, particularly professional behaviors.  She further advanced the field by describing the types of unprofessional behavior that are linked with disciplinary action, thus providing direction to the development of tools to assess these behaviors. Dr. Papadakis then expanded her inquiry to include residents, in collaboration with the American Board of Internal Medicine. Her current work addresses the role of remediation in professionalism lapses. She is catalyzing the educational community to identify best practices for remediation and then to test them as interventions. She is a member of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

 Dr. Papadakis is lead editor of the annually published textbook Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment.  She is the recipient of many teaching awards, including the coveted UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award.  In 2010, she received the John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners. This international award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine. Dr. Papadakis is the 2014 recipient of the UCSF Chancellor’s Diversity Award for Disability Service.

About This Session

The competency of professionalism has received a great deal of attention in medical education over the last several years, yet it remains challenging to translate definitions of professionalism into behaviors.  Lapses in professionalism can be seen as part of the learning process during one’s professional identify formation, yet there are some lapses that have more serious consequences.  In this talk, Dr. Papadakis will discuss her studies that examined the relationship between unprofessional behaviors during training with subsequent disciplinary action by state licensing boards. She and her colleagues found that students and residents who displayed unprofessional behavior were more likely to be subsequently disciplined by a state licensing board.  Dr. Papadakis will discuss the practical interpretation of these findings, and point out that lapses are an opportunity for remediation, as well as self-regulation for the profession.

Continuing Medical Education


The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded 0.10 continuing education units (CEUs) which are equal to 1.0 contact hours.

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