Code of Professional Conduct

By accepting a position at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, students have donned more than just a white coat – we have accepted a burden of responsibility to ourselves and to our fellow man. This Student Code of Professional Conduct is meant to encourage the healthy development of future physicians and the vigorous preservation of patient welfare and privacy.

Patient Privacy and Confidentiality

  • Understand and follow all HIPAA regulations
  • Be especially mindful not to share information orally, in writing, via the internet, or by any other means that could potentially be used to identify a patient

Societal Responsibilities

  • Eliminate biases, prejudices, and stereotypes that could compromise the quality of patient care
  • Pursue altruism by being selflessly devoted to the welfare of others
  • Advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves
  • Recognizing that learning is life-long, strive for excellence, and keep abreast of advancing knowledge in all aspects of your medical education and practice
  • Desire accountability and seek to hold yourself and colleagues accountable to patients, society, and to the ethical principles of the medical profession
  • Be of a clear mind during professional interactions with patients and colleagues
  • Be familiar with and adhere to all local, state, and federal regulations as applicable to the study and practice of medicine

Honesty and Integrity

  • Be truthful at all times
  • Strive for consistent ethical behavior in all aspects of life
  • Adhere to the UASOM Student Honor Code

Respect for Persons

  • Regard all persons with equal dignity and respect, and treat them as you would like to be treated
  • Present yourself in a manner that is respectful of your position, your institution, the medical profession, and your patients
  • Demonstrate self-respect through appropriate self-care

See Also

Best Practices for Student Professional Conduct

Honor Code

UAB Enterprise Code of Conduct

HIPAA Policies