Mission and Vision


Optimizing patient care through professionalism education, scholarship, policy, and practice in all health-related fields.


handsThe Academy's first major objective is to promote collaborative, multidisciplinary dialogue and research among APHC members. Members of the Academy are expected to engage in, individually or collectively, the following activities:

  • Explore intellectual questions pertaining to professionalism in health care (such as the meaning of "professionalism", and how it that should inform both curricula and assessment);
  • Collect, catalogue, and distribute the broad spectrum of model curricula and other teaching materials in medical ethics and humanities toward professionalism with our strategic partner, MedEdPORTAL (MedEdPORTAL.org);
  • Develop educational syllabi, evaluation and assessment tools, methods, and strategies; and,
  • Assemble during annual and other APHC-sponsored meetings to promote collaboration, dialogue and research.

The Academy's second major objective is for APHC members and external stakeholders to improve educational efforts in medical school, residency, and faculty development programs to achieve the goal of promoting professionalism. We will engage in dialogue with the health care accreditation and scholarly bodies (for example, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in three ways:

  • Be a sounding board for ideas and a stimulus not to lose sight of the centrality of the teaching of medical ethics and humanities toward professionalism;
  • Engage accreditation bodies to develop the best possible educational assessment methods and instruments; and,
  • Critically appraise current and proposed accreditation assessment methods that could prove counterproductive to professionalism.

Participants in this dialogue will address, among other issues, desired professional outcomes, facilitation of these outcomes, and assessment, broadly understood, of educational strategies employed. In addition, APHC members will formulate and implement plans to address the needs of educators in ethics and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, law, public policy, and clinical medicine toward the improvement of professionalism in healthcare. This will include developing educational strategies, reviewing opportunities for members' professional development, and communicating with outside organizations and the public about professionalism in healthcare and APHC's mission.

Thank you Patrick and Edna Romanell Fund

The Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC) is grateful to the Patrick and Edna Romanell Fund for Bioethics Pedagogy and the Center for Clinical Ethics at the University at Buffalo, for its extensive support for our developing organization over the years. This support included subvening the PRIME Project that investigated the role of professionalism in medical ethics pedagogy, the three subsequent APHC national conferences that grew out of that project, and now the Academy itself which brought much of the preceding to fruition. Currently this support continues in the form of the Romanell Fellowships at APHC meetings, as well as the underwriting for plenary speakers and other meeting expenses in holding the APHC annual meetings. We are profoundly indebted to their generous support.