MPAS Standards of Conduct
MPAS Program Standards of Conduct
Professional behavior is, without exception, required. It is expected that all students demonstrate behaviors consistent with those of healthcare professionals at all times. Failure to demonstrate these behaviors could result in failure of a course, clinical experience, or summative evaluation. Professional behaviors include:
- Critical Thinking - The ability to question logically; identify, generate and evaluate elements of logical argument; recognize and differentiate facts, appropriate or faulty inferences, and assumptions; and distinguish relevant from irrelevant information. The ability to appropriately utilize, analyze, and critically evaluate scientific evidence to develop a logical argument, and to identify and determine the impact of bias on the decision-making process.
- Communication - The ability to communicate effectively (i.e. verbal, non-verbal, reading, writing, and listening) for varied audiences and purposes.
- Problem Solving – The ability to recognize and define problems, analyze data, develop and implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes.
- Interpersonal Skills – The ability to interact effectively with patients, families, colleagues, other health care professionals, and the community in a culturally aware manner.
- Responsibility – The ability to be accountable for the outcomes of personal and professional actions and to follow through on commitments that encompass the profession within the scope of work, community and social responsibilities.
- Professionalism – The ability to exhibit appropriate professional conduct and to represent the profession effectively while promoting the growth/development of the physician assistant profession.
- Use of Constructive Feedback – The ability to seek out and identify quality sources of feedback, reflect on and integrate the feedback, and provide meaningful feedback to others.
- Effective Use of Time and Resources – The ability to manage time and resources effectively to obtain the maximum possible benefit.
- Stress Management – The ability to identify sources of stress and to develop and implement effective coping behaviors; this applies for interactions for: self, patient/clients and their families, members of the health care team and in work/life scenarios.
- Commitment to Learning – The ability to self-direct learning to include the identification of needs and sources of learning; and to continually seek and apply new knowledge, behaviors, and skills.
- Academic Integrity - intellectual honesty, academic integrity, and professional conduct.
- Patient Advocacy – demonstration of effective advocacy for the PA profession and patients in the workplace and in policymaking processes.
All Trine University MPAS students will be expected to:
- Demonstrate safe performance of activities, sensitivity to individuals, appreciation for alternate points of view, respectful communication, concern for self, cooperation with others and acceptance of personal and corporate responsibility for the coursework should be demonstrated.
- Show respect for facilities and equipment in the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences and in the clinical education settings.
- Present an appropriate personal appearance in classrooms, laboratories and Clinical Education settings and at public meetings where their identity as Trine University PA student is apparent. Please refer to the Dress Code for details.
Professional behaviors are evaluated by self-assessment, clinical instructors, peers, and the faculty. Written clinical instructor comments and instructor observation of student performance provide the basis for counseling on professional behavior. It is expected that most cases of professional misbehavior can be successfully corrected by sensitive discussion and counseling between the faculty and the student. A plan for remediation will be developed and implemented if necessary.