The Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) has a variety of other responsibilities regarding education. These activities have been geared toward increasing awareness of the role of the committee and encouraging frameworks of thinking regarding professional and ethical issues.

Student Interest Group in Ethics

Please consider joining the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ interest group in ethics called the “Bioethics Journal Club.” The group was originally started by Maria Geba, MD ’22, and Blake Kruger, MD ’22; co-leadership was then passed to Lorna Krabill ’23 and Gary Iacobucci ’23.

The Bioethics Journal Club fosters the growth of physicians skilled in understanding and applying ethical shared decision-making frameworks in order to better partner with all who need care.

The Bioethics Journal Club aspires to:

  1. Educate students on the ethical frameworks that underlie shared decision-making practices.
  2. Educate students as to the three major fields of medical ethics (Clinical, Human Subjects Research, & Institutional Ethics).
  3. Facilitate ethics-related curricular development at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
  4. Encourage shadowing opportunities in ethics.
  5. Provide further training opportunities in ethics.

Student Clinician Ceremony

The Student Clinician Ceremony is designed to provide guidance and support as medical students transition into their clinical years. This event is presented by the PCC in collaboration with Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences faculty and staff to celebrate the transition of our medical students from pre-clinical to clinical clerkships. By providing insights, discussing expectations, and revisiting the oath taken during the White Coat Ceremony, the Student Clinical Ceremony provides a forum for collective and reflective discussion of caregiving experiences. The ceremony also underscores the importance of providing humanistic care to patients while demonstrating high standards of clinical skill mastery.

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

Each year, third-year medical students have the opportunity to nominate outstanding residents for the prestigious Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. Up to six residents are selected each year. Winners are selected based on how well they demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Ideal ethical behavior
  • Professional behavior by example
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Compassion and empathy toward patients and their families
  • Compassion for students and colleagues
  • Approachable and welcoming attitudes to students and staff
  • Sincere commitment to teaching

Please nominate an outstanding resident to receive the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award using the form below. Reflect on your personal experiences working with your nominee and descriptions of how they interact with patients to write a comprehensive nomination. Winners will be selected based on the extent to which the guiding criteria are demonstrated and are honored annually at the Student Clinician Ceremony. These residents will receive a cash prize, a certificate of recognition and a specially designed lapel pin.

Nomination Form