Center for Professionalism


Nationally Recognized Recipient of the 2020 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Professionalism Award


What Is Professionalism?


Systematic knowledge and behaviors that establish respect and trust for a culture to support patient safety and collegiality.

In medicine, medical education and training, professionalism includes absolute integrity, awareness of the impact of one's behavior on patients, colleagues and coworkers. It includes clear, honest and timely communication, meticulous, compassionate and up-to-date care, with the highest priority given to the needs and interests of our patients.

In research, it includes absolute integrity and collegial and respectful relationships with colleagues and coworkers. It is respect and concern for the welfare of research subjects, both human and nonhuman, and manage any potential conflict or appearance of conflict of interest.


About the Center


The Center for Professionalism at Baylor College of Medicine creates, supports and sustains a culture of heightened professionalism and integrity among all members of the College's community, resulting in the best possible quality of education, medical care, patient satisfaction, and scientific advances.


Our Services



  • Provide tools for personal and team growth
  • Promote collegiality and collaboration through increased professionalism college wide
  • Evaluate and remediate performance issues, patient dissatisfaction, and other behaviors that undermine a culture of safety, collegiality, or collaboration in a consistent and fair manner

Concern Resolution

Mini Grants

The center offers mini grants, between $300 and $1,000, to support innovative and unique small programs focused on professionalism. View details and application information.

Speakers Bureau

Ellen Friedman, M.D. is available to give lectures and presentations on professionalism for retreats, conferences, programs, grand rounds and more. Contact the center at or 713-798-4553.

Professionalism Platform

The Professionalism Platform is a new resource to facilitate professionalism education. Learn more.






Professionalism, mentorship and humanism are recognized and celebrated with Pop Awards, PEAR Awards, Love Awards and more.

Learn more

Facilitator’s Manual for a 60-Minute Workshop


'The Threads Among Us' video is designed to increase discussions about the ways in which healthcare professionals treat one another. A 60-minute workshop that accompanies the video is available for free.

View Video and Workshop

Contact Us


Ellen M. Friedman, M.D., FAAP, FACS
Director, Center for Professionalism
One Baylor Plaza, Suite 206A
Mail Stop: BCM165
Houston, Texas 77030
(713) 798-4553

Andrea Croft
Administrative Contact, Center for Professionalism
(713) 798-4553

Integrity Hotline: (855) 764-7292

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