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The physician fellow should aspire to altruism, accountability, excellence, duty, service, honor, integrity and respect for others.

Specific learning goals include:

  • Demonstration of respect, compassion, honesty, and integrity, manifested by a responsiveness to the needs of patients and society that supercedes self-interest; an overriding sense of accountability to patients, society, and the profession; and a commitment to excellence and ongoing professional development.
  • A high level of sensitivity and responsiveness to patients' culture, age, gender, and disabilities: the fellow will gain insight into how cultural and religious backgrounds affect patients' approaches and attitudes toward decision-making, their disease and treatment.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, ethical principles pertaining to the confidentiality of patient information, informed consent, provision or withholding of clinical care, and ethical business practices, especially the role of industry in shaping clinicians' preferences.
  • Providing meaningful feedback to colleagues regarding their performance.
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