The Virtuous Professional

A System of Professional Development for Students, Residents and Faculty


At Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU/CHM), we recognize the importance of educating professionals who will bring strong scientific knowledge to bear on problems in a humane and compassionate manner.

In addition to creating and delivering a strong academic curriculum, we also recognize the need to establish an educational environment that encourages all of us to strive for excellence, to continuously deepen our character, and to aspire to be virtuous professionals.

There are many kinds of ideals to which we could aspire, which at MSU/CHM we call “virtues.” The following is an overview of the professionalism virtues, responsibilities and process of professional growth.

CHM Professionalism graphicThree CHM Virtues

  1. Courage
  2. Humility
  3. Mercy

Six Professional Responsibilities

  1. Competence
  2. Honesty
  3. Compassion
  4. Respect for Others
  5. Professional Responsibility
  6. Social Responsibility

Process of Professional Growth

  1. Dialogue
  2. Reflection
  3. Practice

The college piloted an evaluation of faculty professionalism during the third year required clerkships from July – October 2013. The evaluation assessed the same professionalism competencies and behaviors currently used to evaluate students. At the end of the pilot, the faculty professionalism evaluation was implemented statewide in 2014.