If you ask 10 people to define professionalism, you’ll get that many different answers. SCPMG physician leadership has defined professionalism and reasoned that it consists of four principles: excellence, humanism, accountability, and altruism. In a piece published in The Permanente Journal last summer, they further explained that humanism breaks down into three principles: humanitarianism, respect for others, and honor and integrity. Michael Kanter, MD; Marc Klau, MD; and Virginia Ambrosini, MD; wrote, “The individual physician’s professional behavior influences his/her environment and the [environments in which they work and live] influence the physician.” This is why creating a culture of wellness is important to physician professionalism. As with any profession, it is not uncommon for us to get bogged down with our busy schedules. The pressure to address many complicated situations in rapid-fire succession, or sometimes simultaneously, may challenge us to remember our calling and our purpose. Sometimes we may become overwhelmed and react instead of respond. In moments of awareness, we can remember our calling and choose to invoke the professionalism that lies within each of us. We have a variety of methods devoted to developing professionalism at our disposal and we intend to add more.

Something of interest from the Los Angeles County Medical Association. Speakers: Judge Carolyn Kuhl and Dr. Stephanie Hall What: Discuss the challenges they overcame to get to where they are more »

How often have you kept working on something, whether important or not, or whether you had enough time or not, because you felt it was not yet perfect?  Here are more »

Who:  Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. What: Workshop – “Living On Purpose” Details: Every life matters. Each one of us has a unique purpose, an inner compass that can guide us more »

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare encourages strengthening relationships between patients and their health care providers. Currently physicians at both Baldwin Park and Orange County are attending Schwartz rounds. San more »

Care for the Caregiver is a well-thought-out interactive workshop by our own Clinician/Patient Education team. Care for the Caregiver offers SCPMG physicians a chance to learn techniques that will help more »

These are small group meetings which engage physicians in the personal exploration of the meaning of their work through contemplation, reflection, and ritual. Finding Meaning in Medicine groups can be more »

“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best more »