Message from Dean Page
Everyone at a college of medicine
should feel that they are in an environment where they can do a job, be respected, and be around others who are committed to treating each other—their colleagues and collaborators, their patients, their students, people who work for them,
and the people they work for—in a professional manner. It makes patient care better when individuals are setting a fully realized example for others. This is an area that first became a focus for me when I was chief of cardiology at the
University of Washington; I carried this priority with me to Wisconsin, where the professionalism initiative begun in the Department of Medicine was subsequently adopted across the entire College of Medicine.
Professionalism must be a core value of educators, scientists, caregivers, and all those who work in medicine and science. Because of medicine’s great importance in people’s lives —often literally sustaining them—that power
has to be handled responsibly, and with humility. It is what we have to expect of ourselves, and it has to be the environment we provide for each other. I’ve been delighted with the acceptance that I’ve found here for this emphasis,
and am appreciative of the work of our Professionalism Statement Task Force and many other members of our community to develop a Statement on Professionalism that serves as inspiration and aspiration for us all.
Today’s celebration was just the beginning of a renewed focus on and commitment to our values, to our missions, and to each other. Thank you for all you do every day in education, research, and service, and for your support in creating a culture
of professionalism at our Larner College of Medicine. This core value will serve as the foundation for all of our accomplishments in the coming years, in our three missions of patient care, research and education.