Penn Medicine Professionalism Statement

Penn Medicine recognizes professionalism as a commitment to practicing humanistic values in the service of excellence in patient care, research, education, and civic engagement. At the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and societal levels, we express professionalism through our attitudes, behaviors, performance, and policies. Reflection, discussion, and teamwork amongst clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, staff and students foster a collaborative culture devoted to advancing professionalism.

At the forefront of this mission is a commitment to the core humanitarian values of integrity, respect, responsibility, altruism, accountability, and empathy alongside a duty to realizing competence, scholarship and justice.

As leaders, we hope to inspire an ethical model ensuring patient experiences of autonomy, dignity, and access to nondiscriminatory, confidential, compassionate care; research that advances knowledge, protects privacy, and strives to be free from bias and conflict of interest; and an educational framework that encourages original thought, dynamic discourse, and creative discovery.

At all levels, in all roles, and by all practices, we strive for the highest standards of patient care, biomedical innovation, education, and civic engagement.


J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD

Robert G. Dunlop Professor of Medicine

Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System

Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine


Ralph W. Muller

Chief Executive Officer

Penn Medicine

University Principles of Responsible Conduct

  1. Ethical and Responsible Conduct
  2. Respect for Others in the Workplace
  3. Avoidance of Conflict of Interest
  4. Responsible Conduct in Research
  5. Responsible Stewardship and Use of Penn Property, Funds, and Technology
  6. Environmental Health and Safety
  7. Respect for Privacy and Confidentiality
  8. Appropriate Conduct with Respect to Gifts, Travels, and Entertainment
  9. Appropriate Use of the University Name and Logos
  10. Responsible Reporting of Suspected Violations and Institutional Response