Professional Conduct Code

Students are expected to comport themselves in a professional manner in the classroom, in clinical sites, on campus, and at all other times. Expected conduct is specified in the Barry University Student Handbook, Clinical Year Manual, this Graduate Catalog, and in syllabi and other materials distributed by instructors. Unprofessional behavior will be reported to the Program Director for consideration of disciplinary action.

Statement on Professionalism Behaviors

The physician assistant profession and PA education programs generally have an excellent reputation for instilling an appropriate sense of professional behavior in PA students and graduates. In order to foster and continue this tradition, the students and faculty of the Barry University Physician Assistant Program have cooperated in developing a system that addresses instances of both positive and negative student behaviors.

Judgments of professionalism are often more qualitative than quantitative. The Barry University Physician Assistant Program relies on the sound judgment of its faculty in the assessment of student professional behavior. Early recognition of positive behaviors and elimination of unprofessional behaviors benefits the individual student, the student body and the program. It also helps avoid the possibility that a student might progress through the program with an adequate fund of knowledge and clinical skills, only to be found lacking in their ability to meet the program's technical standards or demonstrate the professional behaviors necessary for PA practice as a member of the health care team.

When negative issues about professional behavior arise, the program encourages students and faculty, including preceptors, to informally address the student(s) involved in a non-confrontational dialogue. If the issue is resolved in this manner, it may be taken as a sign of success and professional maturity. If the issue or conduct recurs/persists, the individual(s) observing the negative conduct should fill out a referral form addressed to the student's faculty advisor. The advisor will then meet with the student to discuss the issue(s). The faculty advisor will then indicate the advisor's opinion on the reported issue and make written recommendations for corrective action in accordance with program policies, as set forth in the student handbook, graduate catalog and clinical year manual.

Instances of conduct deemed to be negative and serious lapses will result in referral to the program director for administrative and/or disciplinary hearings. Repeated episodes of otherwise minor issues may serve as the basis of an early summative review of the student and/or referral to the program director to determine the student’s fitness to remain in the Program.