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Professionalism Project Awards

The Professionalism Committee recently sought proposals for the 2010 Professionalism Project Awards. These awards were created to increase the discussions and activities around the commitments of the UTMB Professionalism Charter across the campus. Three to five Professionalism Project Awards (not to exceed $10,000 each) were available to entities, departments and/or work groups to fund initiatives that target one or more of the UTMB Professionalism Charter Commitments.

The UTMB Professionalism Charter outlines 12 commitments that everyone at the institution is asked to follow. These commitments outline the expectations of a UTMB culture that values integrity, compassion, and respect. The commitments are to:

  • Professional Responsibilities
  • Improving Access to Education and  Health Care
  • Service
  • Diversity
  • Quality
  • Professional Competence
  • Maintaining Appropriate Relations
  • Confidentiality
  • Managing Conflicts of Interest
  • Honesty
  • Knowledge
  • Responsible Use of Resources

The projects include the participation of employees from all levels and include interprofessional and/or cross-functional initiatives. 

The Professionalism Committee reviewed the proposals and selected three (3) winners. Awardees have one year to complete their projects and will be expected to present their work in an institution-wide Professionalism Summit that will be held in April 2010.

The Summit will include selected presentations by those areas whose projects are of broad interest and serve as models that can be replicated by other areas in the institution. Each group that received an award will also be asked to participate in a poster session. At the culmination of the yearlong project, projects will be judged and the most innovative and effective initiative will be selected for a prestigious President's Professionalism Award.