Professionalism Around Campus
and Katherine Leone Award for Adminstrative Excellence
The Nicholas and Katherine Leone Award for Administrative
Excellence is presented annually to a manager or supervisor who has
achieved administrative excellence and abides by the values and
standards outlined in UTMB's Professionalism Charter.
The award was established in 1971, and it is made possible
through an endowment from Dr. Nicholas Leone, a former commanding
officer and director of the Public Health Service Hospital in
Galveston, and his wife Katherine.
The award recipient of the award receives $2,500 and his or her
department receies $5,000 to further promote professionalism
education and activities.Only one winner is chosen.The recipient is
selected by the Employee Advisory Council.
2016 recipient:Christy Bray, Assistant Director for
Research Training and Development
"She manages her team instead of bossing it, leads instead of
commanding actions, and coaches instead of criticizing. Quite
simply, she exudes professionalism through each word and action
… and serves as a shining example of the integrity UTMB
develops in its employees."
2015 recipient:Maria D Garcia, Senior Administrative
Manager, Center for Addiction Research
"She is described as someone who cultivates an
atmosphere of respect, value and community within her department
while practicing professional integrity and etiquette....encourages
an atmosphere of professionalism based on trust, honest, integrity
Hector P. Garcia, M.D. Cultural Competence Awards Ceremony
Annually, the Office of the President and the Hispanic
Center of Excellence sponsor a luncheon to remember and celebrate
the accomplishments of Dr. Hector P. Garcia. Students are
invited to submit essays that depict both cultural competency and a
commitment to providing quality health care to all. Dr.
Garcia is a distinguished 1940 graduate of the School of Medicine
and a civil rights champion. The legacy of Dr. Garcia
exemplifies all tenets of professionalism.
The winning essay for the 2016 event was submitted by Ali Mohamed
Mahmoud, MS2 in the School of Medicine. The 2016 event also
hosted a poster session. The winning poster was submitted by Paige
Hoyer, MS3, School of Medicine. For more information and to
read the essay click here.
The winning essay belongs to
Jorge Roman, an SOM student. Dr. Juliet V. Garcia,
Executive Director of Texas Americas Institute was the key note
speaker. Following are photographs from the 2015 awards
All Student Orientation August 24,
Student Representatives from the Professionalism
Committee and the Honor Pledge Committee joined Dr. Saavedra in
addressing the new student body with an overview of the
Professionalism Committee, the importance of professionalism at
UTMB, interprofessional professionalism, classroom etiquette,
warnings about social media, and how to report disrespectful
June26 2015 PA White Coat
Ceremony (click to see
Eighty-nine students donned their white coats and
pledged their professional oath in a ceremony at 6 p.m.
Friday, June 26, in Levin Hall Main Auditorium. The
UTMB Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony has become a tradition
in the UTMB PA program. It recognizes the transition of new
PA students into the physician assistant program, into the
profession, and into their future career as a physician
Indirect Aggression: An Educational
Personality plays a role in our personal and
professional lives. It effects how we deal with aggression of
all kinds and how we interact with our team members. Are you a
worrier? Do you feel awkward if you're the center of attention? Can
you easily control your temper? Do you wish your nursing team got
along better-or does your team get along great? Come and discuss
with us how our own personal traits can contribute to making our
lives worse or better and how to work on it through a nursing
research approach. We'd love to see you! This educational
opportunity is open to all members of your healthcare team. Come as
time allows to one of the dates and locations below or by signing
up on the education calendar on the attached link:http://my.utmb.edu/nursingeducation/
Nurses receive 1 hour CNE for this education.
Roberto Logroño, MD
Lectureship for Professionalism in Academic
The Roberto Logroño, MD Lectureship for Professionalism in
Academic Medicine was inaugurated on April 12, 2012 in memory of
Dr. Roberto Logroño. Dr. Logroño embodied the spirit,
character, and professionalism evidenced by his remarkable impact
during his time at UTMB as the Director of the Division of
Cytopathology from 1997 until his untimely death in 2006. He
oversaw technologic advances, introduced advanced testing
approaches, and greatly increased the academic stature of the
Cytopathology Division at the national level while maintaining
excellence in clinical services.
In his foreshortened career as a clinician, educator, mentor and
investigator, Dr. Logroño exemplified many of the attributes of
professionalism, including altruism, accountability, excellence,
duty, honor and integrity, and respect for others. He has
been described in such ways by numerous people who knew him
personally and professionally:
- "His respect, integrity, conscientiousness, and dedication
promptly led to an unsurpassable reputation and trust among our
local pathologists and clinical doctors. Roberto was humble and
determined, and was not afraid to express his honest opinion in any
- "Dr. Logroño was generous with his time, and contributed
without hesitation to support and advance the cytopathology
community. He was always ready to share his experience and
- "Dr. Logroño was passionate about cytology and teaching. He
cared deeply about his residents and fellows and made certain that
they were included in cytopathology related activities."
- "Roberto's passion for learning was exceeded only by his
commitment to the profession as an educator."
- "Roberto's commitment to all facets of academia was obvious at
the institutional level as well as nationally. He was recognized
for his excellence on numerous occasions, and his enthusiasm and
passion for the topics he taught were reflected by the superb
evaluations he invariably received."
The nominees for the lectureship are UTMB faculty members noted
for a high level of professionalism in patient care, teaching
and/or medical research, and candidates exemplify the principles of
professionalism in everyday behavior and in interactions with
peers, patients, and students. Nominations can come from students,
house staff, faculty and staff. Selections are made annually by the
Organizing Committee: Drs. Judith Aronson, Mark Holden, Alexander
Indrikovs, Susan McCannon, Juan Olano, and David Walker and Ms.
Previous recipients of the Lectureship for Professionalism in
2012: Susan D. McCammon, M.D.
2013: Jack B. Alperin, M.D., F.A.C.P.
2014: Joan E. Nichols, Ph.D.
2015: Karen Szauter, M.D. (2015 Award Ceremony)
2016: Gerald L. Campbell, M.D., PH.D. (2016 Award
A request for nominations for next year's lectureship will be
announced later this year. Thinking of the highest qualities of
professionalism and the persons who exemplify them and describing
these qualities in letters of nomination will remind us of our
calling and the memory of Dr. Logroño as well as honoring a
professional of merit at UTMB for specific aspects of
UTMB Honor Pledge
Professionalism Panel - Interprofessionalism
Samantha Etienne (Community Relations Chair), Vi Pham (Community
Relations Chair) and Karis Marshall (President)
The UTMB Student Honor Pledge Committee hosted a panel
discussion on Monday, November 30, 2016. There were 46
students in attendance representing all four schools. The
questions that were posed to the panel were:
- What are some important qualities for you to see from other
professions on your team? What makes a good relationship?
- What do you feel is a communication barrier between you and
other members of your healthcare team?
- How do you deal with abrasive co-workers while still
maintaining your professionalism?
- From a faculty member's perspective: What behaviors do students
often exhibit that can be viewed as unprofessional?
- Respect is key
- Open communication will optimize patient care
- Respect that everyone has something to add, everyone has a
- Offering an opinion can be presented as a question, e.g., What
do you think about…….?- opens dialogue.
- Everyone's profession is important to them, everyone has
- Traditionally medicine has been practiced hierarchically, but a
team approach is best care.
- Ego is the biggest barrier: "I am the attending and I
know best." "I am just a student, what do I know?"
- Students bring fresh perspectives, speak up. Could preface
statement, "I recently read an article….."
- Lack of communication can bring about errors.
- If you are ever shot down, do not challenge in the presence of
- There are always two sides of the story, what you see and what
may have precipitated the behavior. Talk to the individual in
the manner in which you would want to be talked to.
- Students are always vulnerable. Can discuss with your
Student Affairs Dean, Ombudsman, or use the Professionalism Concern
- Make the team look good, not just yourself.
- Diversity is multiple views.
- Make the patient a part of the team, understanding the
patient's perspective and needs can influence the patient's
understanding, compliance and satisfaction. Consider the
thought process of the patient and that of the team.
- Important to take care of self, not burn-out.
- Not allow ego to get in the way of patient care and good
Behaviors that students exhibit that could be viewed as
- Glued to cell phone (best to explain if you are expecting a
phone call that you must take, looking up the answer, etc)
- Important to let families and patients know that you are
looking up information (otherwise perceived as disinterested).
- Being late
- Body language speaks volumes (slamming books, rolling eyes at
prof or other students comments)
- Not being prepared (no pen, stethoscope, etc)
- Not letting others speak, when it is obvious that they want
Professionalism in Medical Education
Obstacles of Interprofessional Healthcare
On April 6, 2015, the Student Honor Pledge Committee hosted a
forum for students from all schools in which a panel of Faculty
members discussed, "Obstacles of Interprofessional
Healthcare." The panelists were: Dr. Cherry Beckworth,
from the School of Nursing; Dr. Joan Nichols, from the Graduate
School of Biomedical Sciences; Dr. Steven Fisher, from the School
of Health Professions; and Drs. Mark Holden and Karen Szauter from
the School of Medicine.
With the Physicians' Charter came a challenge to focus on
professionalism in the training of physicians, resulting in several
major medical education initiatives related to professionalism.
Professionalism has been identified as a core competency which
needs to be evaluated in students and residents. The Group on
Educational Affairs (GEA) of the Association of American Medical
Colleges (AAMC), the Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and many specialty boards
have identified professionalism as a priority for their
White Coat Ceremony
The first White Coat Ceremony was held on August 20, 1993
for the entering class of Columbia University's College of
Physicians & Surgeons. The Honor Education Council, with the
support of the dean of medicine, introduced the White Coat Ceremony
to UTMB in 1996. The purpose of the ceremony is to welcome the
incoming medical students and to introduce them to the profession
of medicine while stressing the importance of the doctor-patient
relationship. As the students don the symbolic white coat, they
accept responsibility for acquiring and maintaining the knowledge
and skills necessary to care for patients and commit to provide
treatment in a compassionate and respectful manner. In the presence
of faculty, classmates, family, and friends, each student pledges
to act with honor, integrity, and selflessness when dealing with
patients and colleagues. As a final testament to professional
integrity, the ceremony closes with the recitation of the
student-conceived Declaration of Commitment.
Honor Education Council
The Honor Education Council is a UTMB School of
Medicine student-run organization formed in 1990. The Council
consists of three medical students elected from each class to serve
4 year terms. Together with faculty advisors, the council works to
educate medical students and faculty on issues pertaining to the
ethical behavior of physicians, helps students develop an ethical
decision-making process, and promotes honor and integrity within
the profession. Council members serve as class advocates for
integrity and professionalism issues during both the classroom and
the clinical years. The council also provides a student forum for
discussion of academic integrity violations and works with the
school of medicine administration to actively reduce academic
dishonesty. Each year the Honor Education Council sponsors the
"Issues in Health Care" lecture series addressing topics concerning
the medical profession. Past topics have included stem cell
research, indigent health care policy, bioterrorism and health care
in the prison system. In addition, council members serve as
small group facilitators for the discussion of ethical cases. The
Honor Education Council also works closely with the Office of
Student Affairs to host the annual White Coat Ceremony.
Declaration of Commitment
At the time of beginning Medical
I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the services
I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is
I will develop my skills with conscience, dignity and
The health of my patients and myself will be my first
I will honor those things that are confided in me;
I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honor and
the noble traditions of the medical profession;
My colleagues will be my comrades;
I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality,
race, party politics or social standings to intervene between my
duty, my peers and my patients;
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life and I will
not use any medical knowledge contrary to Law;
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my
for the White Coat Ceremony at the University of Texas Medical
Branch at Galveston
Adopted from the Declaration of Geneva and the International
Code of Medical Ethics
Excellence in Professionalism Award - Student
Congratulations to our January-March 2013
Jaipreet Suri (SOM)
"Jaipreet is one of the best medical students I have ever worked
with. I had the pleasure of working with him during his Neonatal
ICU & Surgery rotations, and I was very impressed with
Jaipreet's professionalism, work ethic, and dedication to his
patients. He was always the first medical student at the hospital
and would record the morning labs and vitals for all our team's
patients. This really lightened the workload for us residents and
helped morning rounds run much more efficiently. Jaipreet was
always willing to stay late and help with any floor work or to
return to his patient's room to see if they had any questions and
to see if there is anything he could do to make them more
comfortable. His professionalism and compassion especially shined
in his interactions with the patient's families in NICU. He always
remembered the parents' names, as well as their baby's. He took the
time to update the parents on their baby every day. When a new
student started on the rotation, Jaipreet helped orient them to our
daily routine and answered any questions they had. Jaipreet is also
extremely well-rounded. Along with being an excellent student, he
is also heavily involved in research. He is working on several
research projects and has presented his work at multiple national
meetings. Jaipreet was awarded the 'Daniel H. Cannon Distinguished
Research Award' for the 2011-2012 year. He is also an Osler scholar
and member of Gold Humanism Honor Society. He is always looking for
ways to give back to the UTMB & Galveston community and is
involved in several organizations and projects. Jaipreet is one of
the coordinators for the Books-to-Bedside book drive that provides
reading materials for the John Sealy Hospital library. He also
helps organize the Anti-Tobacco Awareness Program to help educate
children about the negative effects of smoking. He also volunteers
at St. Vincent's and served as a student intern during the summer
between his first and second year. Jaipreet is the embodiment of
what a medical student should be and I strongly believe he deserves
recognition. He would be an excellent recipient of this
award." (learn more at the above link).
Honor Pedge Committee Pub Night
On Thursday November 7th, 2013 the UTMB's Honor
Pledge Committee hosted its "Pub Night" Alcohol Awareness event.
Students enjoyed british-style fish and chips and root "beer"
floats while the honor pledge committee educated them on the
effects excessive drinking can have on their personal and
professional lives. Students participated in a standard field
sobriety test using beer goggles that demonstrated alcohol use
above the legal limit of .08. Honor Pledge Committee also
distributed keychains to students with student resources on campus
for students dealing with alcohol dependency.