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Faculty Professionalism Resources

School of Medicine


The School of Medicine and its partner institutions are well aware of the importance of professionalism in patient care, learning and research settings.   As articulated in the School’s Professionalism Code of Conduct, Teacher-Lear​ner Agreement​ and Faculty Promise,​ and as affirmed in every faculty contract and letter of offer, a culture of respect and compassion is essential to achieving excellence in education and patient care.   As a faculty, it is our obligation to treat all learners (students, residents and clinical and post-doctoral fellows), patients, colleagues and co-workers with respect, compassion, empathy and tolerance at all times.  We seek to uphold a positive culture within the School of Medicine and across our affiliated institutions, because disrespectful comments and behaviors interfere with learning and, in clinical settings, threaten healthcare quality and patient safety.  

Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Professional Excellence 
The CU Anschutz Office of Professional Excellence (OPE)​ provides a central resource for resolving any and all concerns related to professionalism.  The OPE seeks to promote and advocate for professionalism as an essential ingredient for achieving excellence.  The OPE also provides a safe environment for reporting unprofessional behaviors.  The resources of the OPE are available to all students, residents, fellows, staff and faculty members, in any school or college on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Resources for Teachers
All faculty members are expected to review the Teacher​-Learner Agreement,​ which outlines the guiding principles for ensuring a positive climate for learning, along with school’s curriculum objectives, the student supervision policy and other important resources related to faculty teaching obligations.

Faculty members have a special obligation to understand learner mistreatment - why it occurs, how it is defined, why it is important, and how it impacts students, colleagues, team members and patients.  For resources and helpful teaching guidelines, see Responsibilities and Resources for Teachers.   

All clinical teachers should review the document, Working with Your Students: Avoiding Miscommunication and Mistreatment (5-Minute Clinical Faculty Orientation).    

Diversity and Equity

The School of Medicine is committed to diversity and inclusion, because these attributes are essential to our missions of teaching, research, patient care, advocacy and community service.  The School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion seeks to strengthen the culture of diversity and inclusiveness, through recruitment of a diverse student body, faculty and staff, mentorship and support programs, curriculum development and strong ties to the surrounding community.  Visit this site for more information about diversity initiatives, current student and faculty demographic data, search committee best practices, pipeline programs and scholarship and giving opportunities.  

The Office of Equity ​was created to help CU Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus build and sustain a just, equitable and welcoming culture, one that is free from discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation or political philosophy.  The CU Denver Office of Equity provides resources related to Discrimination, Affirmative Action, Title IX, Sexual Harassment and Misconduct, Equal Opportunity (EEO) and Disability.  The Office responds to all reports of harassment or discrimination and is available to all members of the University community.