The profession of medicine requires mastery of the relevant body of knowledge, mastery of clinical skills, and conformity to high standards of behavior in all academic, clinical and other settings. The determination of academic success at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine (Carle Illinois) will include an assessment of the student’s knowledge, skills and adherence to expected standards of behavior. It is incumbent on all students to seek the counsel of the office of student affairs if they believe themselves unable to meet the college’s academic and professional/behavioral standards for any reason.

In keeping with its educational goals, Carle Illinois expects students to display behavior, attitudes and personal characteristics consistent with the standards expressed in this statement on professionalism, which is based on standards across the profession.

Students who fail to comply with Carle Illinois standards of professionalism are subject to action as approved by the Carle Illinois student progress and promotions committee ranging from completion of a program of remediation, participation in additional activities, which could impact the students’ progress towards graduation, to suspension or dismissal depending on the severity of infringement. Behaviors deemed unprofessional by members of the Carle Illinois community that may not be specifically described in this policy will be reviewed by the student progress and promotions committee.

Where there is any question about a student’s suitability for the profession, based upon a student’s failure to meet academic, clinical, and/or professional/behavioral standards, Carle Illinois reserves the right to evaluate the student according to its own policies and procedures. At the same time, Carle Illinois students have the same responsibilities as all other University of Illinois students, and must abide by the rules of conduct set out in the student code. Carle Illinois students who violate campus conduct rules may face disciplinary action through the university’s student disciplinary procedures. More information is available in the Article 1 – Section 3 of the university’s student code.


Professional Attributes

The following personal characteristics and attitudes of students will be observed and evaluated throughout the medical curriculum. Students are expected to demonstrate these characteristics, and to maintain high standards of professionalism in any behaviors not mentioned explicitly here, in both their academic and personal pursuits.

The student will develop an understanding that the practice of medicine is by its nature not simply a job, or even a career, but a vocation.

Within this fiduciary relationship, the student will demonstrate constant respect for the life, health, and when possible, the autonomy of the patient from the patient’s earliest stages until death. It entails numerous responsibilities to patients, colleagues and society, and is at root a fiduciary relationship, putting the patients’ best interests ahead of the physician’s. The student will understand that while they are to function as a patient advocate, they are not ethically obligated to act contrary to their own deeply held values or beliefs in their care of their patients.

The student will recognize their biases and not allow them to affect patient care or contribute to threatening or harassing interactions with others. They will actively listen to others’ points of view and manage conflicts with tact and discretion. The student will demonstrate compassion and respect for all patients, but be willing to confront inappropriate behavior when needed.

Professional Competence + Scientific Knowledge
The student will develop an understanding of the complexities of clinical practice as it relates to health systems, medical decision making, ethics, communication and interprofessional teamwork. The student will value lifelong learning, interpersonal relationships, and meaningful self-reflection. They will demonstrate, in their academic ability, an aptitude for problem solving based on scientific principles.

Just Distribution of Finite Resources
The student will demonstrate an awareness of costs and resources, quality of life and related ethical decisions. The student will be passionate about improving quality of care and access to care.

Managing Conflicts of Interest
The student will become adept at assessing the impact of industry, drug and devices, regulation and cost reimbursement, and patient rights, and manages these conflicts of interest. They will remain vigilant in regard to personal conflicts of interest, such as acting in ways designed to advance one’s own career, family and allies’ interests, finances, power or influence when contrary to the best interests of the patient.

Use of Technology
The student will employ technology prudently and be fully aware of its impact on cost, access and quality. They will employ technology to enhance patient health care and interactions while maintaining data security.

Involvement in the Profession of Medicine
The student will work effectively as a member of a team or organization to promote interpersonal, professional and society development. They will demonstrate motivation to study medicine and a genuine interest in, and desire to, contribute to the medical profession.

The student will communicate honestly, directly and tactfully with patients, families, peers, faculty and staff in all situations and interactions. The student will identify information that is confidential and maintains confidentiality. They will observe academic honesty in all circumstances and will be trustworthy and able to discern when they need help. The student will maintain appropriate relations with patients at all times.

Interpersonal Relationships
The student will demonstrate empathy and respect for all faculty members, students, residents, staff, and patients and their families without regard to any intrinsic or extrinsic personal behaviors, characteristics, or beliefs. They will interact effectively in difficult situations, demonstrate respect for, and complement the roles of, other professionals and be cooperative, and earn respect through trustworthiness.

The student will act independently to identify and complete tasks as they arise. They will be committed, thorough and dependable, and exert the utmost effort in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors required to become an effective physician. They will remain actively involved in learning and complete tasks in a timely manner. They will assist fellow students in meeting their professional obligations, helping others learn and complete tasks. Students will demonstrate willingness to spend the time needed to acquire necessary skills as a physician, assume new responsibilities, recognize when help is required, and ask for guidance and assistance when needed.

The student will complete tasks promptly and well. They will arrive on time and actively participate in clinical and didactic activities. The student will follow through with clinical responsibilities, and be reliable and conscientious.

The student will be actively concerned about others, and maintain a positive outlook toward others and toward assigned tasks. They will recognize and admit mistakes, seek and accept feedback, and use it to improve performance.

Function Under Stress
The student will maintain professional composure and exhibit good personal and clinical judgment in stressful situations. They will identify unprofessional conduct, recognizing the importance of maintaining professional behavior in the clinical setting in spite of inappropriate action on the part of others. They will hold others accountable for unprofessional behavior.

The student will display appropriate professional appearance and be appropriately groomed.

Each student has the responsibility to know these standards and to abide by them. In addition to this statement on professionalism, students at Carle Illinois are also subject to a variety of other standards of conduct. These include, but are not limited to, HIPAA standards, sexual harassment standards, sexual misconduct standards, the university student code, and criminal codes. The Carle Illinois student progress and promotions committee will review students disciplined in relation to these standards in light of this statement on professionalism.


4Cs + Professional Attributes


  • Use of Technology
  • Professional Competence + Scientific Knowledge
  • Dependability
  • Function under stress
  • Managing Conflicts of Interest
  • Integrity
  • Appearance


  • Patient-Centered
  • Professional Competence + Scientific Knowledge
  • Just Distribution of Finite Resources
  • Tolerance
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Integrity
  • Attitudes


  • Use of Technology
  • Initiative
  • Involvement in the Profession of Medicine


  • Use of Technology
  • Initiative