Learning Environment

AAMC Language for Learning Environment

  1. “We believe that the learning environment for medical education shapes the patient care environment. The highest quality of safe and effective care for patients and the highest quality of effective and appropriate education are rooted in human dignity.
  2. “We embrace our responsibility to create, support, and facilitate the learning environment shared by our patients, learners, and teachers. In this environment, our patients witness, experience, and expect a pervasive sense of respect, collegiality, kindness, and cooperation among health care team members. This includes all professionals, administrators, staff, and beginning and advanced learners from all health professions. This includes research as well as patient care environments.
  3. “We affirm our responsibility to create, support, and facilitate a learning environment that fosters resilience in all participants. It is our responsibility to create an atmosphere in which our learners and teachers are willing to engage with learning processes that can be inherently uncomfortable and challenging.
  4. “We affirm our commitment to shaping a culture of teaching and learning that is rooted in respect for all. Fostering resilience, excellence, compassion, and integrity allows us to create patient care, research, and learning environments that are built upon constructive collaboration, mutual respect, and human dignity.”

Professionalism Resource Officer

The school of medicine is committed to the highest professional standards for its students, faculty and staff. Identifying and addressing professionalism concerns at an early stage, and through multiple channels, is vital to ensuring support for all.

The Office of the Professionalism Resource Officer (PRO) exists to receive professionalism concerns at any time from anyone regarding our faculty, staff and students. In addition to opportunities to approach school of medicine leadership, faculty and staff at any time, the school of medicine also provides a clear and simple means for students, faculty and staff to share concerns confidentially and/or anonymously. The PRO serves an essential and confidential role in addressing these concerns.

The PRO seeks to address professionalism lapses directly with the individual involved in a constructive, non-confrontational and confidential setting. If a professionalism concern rises to the level of a SOM policy violation, an honor code violation or a Title IX violation, the matter will be forwarded to the appropriate investigating body and the person(s) bringing the concern will be so notified if their identity is known to the PRO.


How to Contact the Professionalism Resource Officer

Mary Elizabeth Herring


Mary Elizabeth Herring, J.D.
Professionalism Resource Officer
Cell: 979-224-0824

Code of Conduct Including Learning Environment: Reporting and Resolution of Concerns

It is the professional and moral responsibility of any member of the school to report any observed potential violations of school or university policies and/or codes of conduct. For more information, please refer to the Code of Conduct, Including Learning Environment: Reporting and Resolution of Concerns.

Learning Environment and Student Mistreatment Policy

The school of medicine ensures that students, faculty and staff consistently demonstrate professional behaviors in order to create a safe and effective learning environment with a zero-tolerance for any form of mistreatment within the school, and notably against students. For more information, please refer to the Learning Environment and Student Mistreatment Policy.