You’ve probably heard about the importance of being professional, whether it’s an in-person interview, a phone call, or a simple email. But surprisingly, medical schools are often faced with a lack of professionalism from some students. From chronic absences to nasty emails, unprofessional behavior can derail even the most promising medical student’s career. The chair of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth’s conduct committee discusses the problem and suggests a solution.
“Only about 1% of our 400 students exhibit poor professionalism. But our committee . . . spends a great deal of effort managing that small group.”