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About the Professionalism Committee

The Professionalism Committee was established to develop a multidisciplinary approach to advancing professionalism, recognizing that a fundamental concern for a supportive and productive environment that advances educational, patient and institutional outcomes is our prime objective.   Committee membership includes individuals from across the mission areas and workforce segments (e.g. academic and health system administration, physicians, nurses, faculty and students from all four UTMB schools). The broad representation ensures that efforts will address and impact all areas of our community. Members are appointed by the President and have demonstrated a commitment to professionalism and to act as effective change agents. The committee's major activities include: updating the Professionalism Charter, managing the Professionalism online reporting tool, and hosting campus wide lectures, brown bag discussions, workshops and training.  If you would like more information you may contact a member of the committee.

 The Professionalism Committee

Professionalism Committee FY15

Members of the 2014-2015 Professionalism Committee include:

  • Tammy Babcock, Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education
  • Melissa Bannon, Student Representative, School of Nursing
  • Barbara A. Bonificio, MS, RN-BC, Director of Nursing Excellence, Nursing Administration
  • David Briley, Student Representative, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Julie Cantini, Director of Alumn and Parent Relations
  • Claire Drom, Student Representative, School of Medicine
  • Kelsey English, Student Representative, School of Medicine
  • Ruth Leah Finkelstein, OSM Project Manager, Office of the President-Operations
  • Dr. Mark Holden, Co-chair, Edna S. and William C. Levin Professor in Internal Medicine; Director, Division of General Internal Medicine; Vice Chair for Undergraduate and Continuing Medical Education, Department of Internal Medicine; Emeritus Scholar, John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine
  • Barbara Holley, Student Representative, School of Nursing
  • Sheryl Lashway, Administrative Coordinator, Office of the President - Administrative Support
  • Dr. Meredith C. Masel, Program Manager, The Oliver Center for Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
  • Dr. Charles Mathers, Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Ronald McKinley, Vice President, Human Resources and Employee Services
  • Dr. Joan Nichols, Student Affairs Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Dorothy Pearrow, Director of Student Affairs and Admissions, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Jeffrey Rabek, Associate Dean, Student Affairs, School of Medicine
  • Dr. Rebecca Saavedra, Co-chair, Vice President for Strategic Management, Office of the President - Operations
  • Shelley Smith, Assistant Professor, Interprofessional Education
  • Dr. Karen Szauter, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and PM&CH, School of Medicine
  • Quynh Tran, Student Representative, School of Health Professions
  • Stephanie Vega, Student Representative, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Lillian Wang, Student Representative, School of Health Professions


Professionalism Groups:

Professionalism Committee Members
In 2002, UTMB was one of five medical schools selected to participate in a medical professionalism pilot project sponsored by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation's. The goal of the project, entitled Putting the Charter Into Practice, is for participating institutions to apply the principles and responsibilities of the Physician Charter that was published by the ABIM in 2002 to its medical school student body.
  • Honor Education Council
    The Honor Education Council (HEC) is a School of Medicine student-run organization formed in 1990. Its mission is to educate medical students and faculty on issues pertaining to the ethical behavior of physicians and to help students develop an ethical decision-making process within a spirit of honor.
  • Honor Pledge Committee
    The Honor Pledge Committee was coordinated in 2002 and included students, Associate Deans and the Associate Vice President for Student Services.