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     RSNA Statement on Professionalism

    Professionalism is the basis of medicine's contract with society, placing the interests of patients above those of the physician, setting and maintaining standards of competency and integrity, and providing expert advice to society on matters of health—in short, a contract that addresses issues of ethics, knowledge, and communication. In practice, professionalism encompasses a set of beliefs, values, and behaviors that reflect commitments to:

    • Professional competence 
    • Honesty with patients 
    • Patient confidentiality 
    • Maintenance of appropriate relations with patients 
    • Sensitivity to patients of diverse backgrounds 
    • Improvement of quality of care 
    • Improvement of access to care 
    • Just distribution of finite resources 
    • Scientific knowledge 
    • Maintenance of trust by managing conflicts of interest 
    • Maintenance of appropriate relations with other physicians and healthcare professionals  

     RSNA Vignettes on Professionalism in Radiology  

    The RSNA Professionalism Committee has developed a series of vignettes about professionalism. These vignettes cover a wide range of topics that radiologists may encounter in their practice.

    The objectives of the vignettes are to raise awareness about the need for radiologists to incorporate professionalism into routine practice and to facilitate discussion of this core competency. 

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      Tools and Resources

    Questions or comments?  Please contact Professionalism@rsna.org.

     2015 RSNA Professionalism Committee

    Stephen D. Brown, M.D., Chairman
    Stephen Chan, M.D., Vice-Chairman
    Jonathan C. Baker, M.D.
    Bruce J. Barron, M.D.
    Brandon P. Brown, M.D., M.A.
    Kenneth A. Buckwalter, M.D.
    Ronald L. Eisenberg, M.D., J.D.
    Anastasia L. Hryhorczuk, M.D.
    Brent J. Wagner, M.D.
    Kate Hanneman, M.D., Resident 
    Michael C. Veronesi, M.D., Ph.D., Resident