Center for Professionalism

Center for Professionalism


Nationally Recognized Recipient of the 2020 AΩA Honor Medical Society Professionalism Award


The Center for Professionalism opened in October 2013 as one of only five such centers among the leading academic medical centers. 

The Center was founded with two missions: support and training in professionalism and identification and remediation of perceived lapses in professionalism The Center is focused on creating a culture of civility, compassion, and connection through heightened professionalism. We believe that positive professionalism is supported through education and training, acknowledgement of positive professionalism and respectful remediation of perceived lapses in professionalism.

The Center has received National Recognition:

  • Appointed to the ABIM Professionalism Award Selection Committee, 2021
  • Awarded the AMA Foundation Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism, 2021
  • Awarded the 2020 AΩA Honor Medical Society Best Practices in Professionalism Education Award
  • Awarded the Norton Rose Fulbright Educational Grant, 2020
  • Elected board member for the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (since 2019)
  • Selected as the Gold Humanism Society Keynote Speaker, 2018
  • Awarded a Josiah Macy Presidential Grant, 2017

About the Center


Since its opening, the Center for Professionalism has made a positive impact at Baylor College of Medicine through educational and training programs that maintain and enhance a culture of positive professionalism and by establishing a respectful and consistent approach to accountability.  

The Center has taken steps to create a culture of civility, compassion and connection by engaging each of BCM’s various schools and affiliate campuses.

An advisory committee called the Professionalism Partners has been formed to serve as mission leaders to spearhead activities across the College, with representation across multiple schools and campuses. 

In order to focus the attention on positive professionalism, the Center created the Power of Professionalism Awards (POP) to recognize individuals who exemplify outstanding competence and proficiency.  Awards are peer-nominated, and recipients are recognized year-round at departmental meetings or Grand Rounds in order to publicly acknowledge the winners. BCM students, with the support of the Center, have created the Professional Educator Appreciation and Recognition (PEAR) Award to recognize individuals who have displayed positive professionalism and meaningful teaching and mentorship.

The impact of the Center has been recognized on a national level, including a Josiah Macy Foundation Presidential Grant to fund the creation of a workshop to address empathy and teamwork among physicians and healthcare workers as well as the 2020 AOA Medical Honor Society Professionalism Award for Best Practices in Medical Professionalism Education. Dr. Ellen Friedman, the inaugural Center director, also received the 2021 AMA Foundation Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism. 
The Center for Professionalism strives to extend professionalism programming throughout the BCM community, with innovations and collaborations in support of a positive learning and working environment.


Offerings by The Center for Professionalism


Education and Training

Item Definition
  • Profiles in Professionalism
  • Grand Rounds
  • Workshops and Retreats (customizable)
  • Professional Breakfasts
  • Student Elective (Professionalism Platform)

Creation of Community

Item Definition
  • Professionalism Partners
  • Summit Speaker
  • Muffins with Mentors
  • Wellness Initiatives
  • Connection Cards

Validation of Professionalism

Item Definition
  • POP Awards
  • PEAR Awards
  • Clark Faculty Service Award
  • Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award

Interprofessional Teamwork

Item Definition
  • Interdepartmental Civility Projects
  • “Threads Among Us”


Item Definition
  • Mini grants
  • Interprofessional collaborations resulting in podium presentations and publications


Item Definition
  • Cups of Coffee
  • Consultations
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