The APPD and American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) partnered in 2008 to create a resource guide for the key competency of professionalism. In 2016, the guide was revised to include a digital version and searchable competencies as well as adapting specific content to use for a variety of educational sessions

The guide lays out the dimensions of professionalism in pediatrics and provides suggested methods for teaching and assessing professionalism among pediatric trainees. Annually, program directors are asked by the American Board of Pediatrics to determine whether each resident in their program has met expectations in the area of professional conduct. In addition, the program director must certify that the resident has achieved competence in professionalism at the end of training in order for the resident to be eligible to take the certifying examination.

This guide was created and revised in order to help program directors address 3 key questions:

  • What are the important elements of professionalism?
  • How can expectations regarding professional conduct be communicated to residents?
  • What methods are appropriate for assessing professionalism during residency training?

Click on the link to view the digital version or download a copy:

(Please note that the PDF version will not be updated as frequently, and may thereby not mirror the digital version. We recommend you refer to the digital version as often as possible).

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Promoting Professionalism: An Overview for Medical Educators
Chapter 2 - Professionalism in Patient Care
Chapter 3 - Professionalism with Physician Colleagues and Other Health Professionals
Chapter 4 - Wellness and Its Impact on Professionalism
Chapter 5 - Society and Professionalism
Chapter 6 - Professionalism After Training
Chapter 7 - Electronic Professionalism
Chapter 8 - Humanism Within Pediatrics
Chapter 9 - When a Learner is not Meeting Expectations Relating to Professionalism
Chapter 10 - Trustworthiness: A Foundation of Professionalism