McMaster University

McMaster University

Professionalism Working Committee

The Professionalism Working Committee would be advisory in nature to both the Advisor, Professionalism and Faculty Lead, committed to the improvement in the climate of professionalism within the FHS, schools and educational programs.

Professionalism Working Committee

This Committee is an informed group of participants who are mandated to:

  • Review, consult, and address general themes of professionalism present in the faculty with a particular sensitivity to matters of harassment, intimidation and discrimination.
  • Act in an advisory role and offer guidance regarding policy development and implementation.
  • Support the faculty’s goals in professionalism across educational programs and schools.
  • Support the advancement of projects or initiatives to further enhance professionalism within the Faculty.
  • Act as a liaison to the Advisor, Professionalism and the Faculty Lead regarding issues of professionalism, discrimination and harassment both in the educational and clinical context.
  • Offer specific support (upon request) for accreditation issues pertaining to professionalism.
  • Provide guidance to the implementation and review of current and prospective policies and programs focussed on matters of professionalism.
  • Enhance communication across sectors both through committee work and within their own constituencies .

Membership and Structure:

  • The Chair of the Committee shall be the Faculty Lead.
  • Recognizing that the FHS is in the unique position of being integrated within a university and multiple clinical settings, the Professionalism Working Committee must have representation from each major setting in order to optimize communication, policy development and understanding of the ongoing challenges in each of these areas.
  • Each school and/or educational professional program will appoint a representative to the Professionalism Working Committee.
  • The Associate Vice-President, Academic and the Associate Dean, Education will be ex-officio members.
  • Membership of the Professionalism Working Committee will be for a 3 year term, and may be extended for a further 3 year term with approval .
  • The Committee will meet quarterly, and more frequently if determined as necessary by the Chair.
  • Members will be expected to participate on subcommittees as needed.
  • Confidentiality is of critical importance and expected of all committee members.
  • Minutes will be kept of all Committee meetings.

Professionalism Working Committee Members

  • Anne Niec, Faculty Lead, Chairperson
  • Robin Edwards, Advisor, Professionalism
  • Alan Neville, Associate Dean, Education
  • Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, Assistant Dean,Physiotherapy
  • Vicki Galea, School of Rehabilitation Science
  • Jane Hastie, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Yvonne Lawlor, School of Nursing
  • Helen McDonald, Midwifery Education Program
  • Margaret Secord, Bachelor of Health Science Program
  • Penny Thompson, Physician Assistant Program
  • Vacant, Post Graduate Medical Education
  • Vacant, Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Vacant, St. Joseph's Healthcare

Subcommittees:

Professionalism Advisory Panel - to review, consult and advise on specific professionalism issues as requested by FHS programs due to case complexity, conflict of interest and/or confidentiality issues.

Police Records Check Advisory Panel - to review, consult and advise FHS programs on "not clear" Criminal Record Checks that arise under the Police Records Check - Faculty of Health Sciences Policy (May 7, 2015).

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