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Domain of Competence: Professionalism

  • Stephen Ludwig
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    Address correspondence to Stephen Ludwig, MD, Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th & Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
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    Department of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
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      Professionalism is at the heart of all we do and all we become as physicians. It is central to our commitment to patients, our medical institutions, our communities, and to us. Professionalism encompasses so much more than what we typically think of as professional conduct.1 Hence, in addition to conduct, three additional themes are highlighted: professionalization, humanism, and cultural competence. Developing and maintaining a code of conduct, professional identity, commitment to humanism, and understanding of varied cultures and backgrounds takes time and effort not only at the outset of one's career but throughout the entire span of one's professional practice.

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