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Respect, Teamwork, and Civility: Embracing our Educational Mission
Respect can be understood as consideration for oneself and of others. Respect includes the consideration of other’s privacy, their physical space, and differing viewpoints and beliefs.
When mutual respect exists between peers, learners, and educators; support and understanding flourish. This support and understanding is what serves to allow for worthwhile feedback. Without feedback, mistakes can go uncorrected and opportunities for growth can be missed. By focusing on instilling respect into every interaction, we are able to create a foundation for better medicine, research, and learning.
Teamwork can be understood as the combined effective and efficient action of a group in pursuit of a goal. Skills essential for good teamwork include active participation, flexibility, and commitment.
As clinical care becomes more complex and specialized, collaboration and enhanced communication skills are a necessity. The earlier these skills are developed, the better for not only learners, but their future patients and peers as well.
In the field of research, teamwork can bring complementary knowledge and diverse research methods together in order to produce high-quality solutions to important problems. Balancing breadth and depth, team research creates the opportunity for all members to learn from each other while striving towards a common goal.
Civility requires mutual respect and is manifested through acting with honor and integrity towards one another. Behaving with civility in mind, one is courteous and respectful to all peers, learners, educators, and patients.
Embracing civility makes for a positive learning and working environment. In a positive environment, people become more engaged and connected to the overarching mission of the institution, which is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care.