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Core Professional Values


Core Professional Values Statement

Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics,
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

We are dedicated to superior clinical care, teaching and research that helps every child reach his or her potential. We support the MELIORA values espoused by the University of Rochester.

In addition to honesty, accountability, and pursuing research, educational activities and clinical care according to rigorous standards, we firmly believe in mutual respect and open communication. We believe that the setting in which each member of the Division works, whether clinical, educational, administrative or research, should be a positive and safe environment.

All members of the Division have the right to coexist in an environment:

  • That embodies compassion for the children and families we all ultimately serve;
  • That is conducive to learning, teaching, working and providing care;
  • That encourages each member of the Division to excel;
  • In which considerate, respectful, and professional behavior is used;
  • That does not create reasons to feel unsafe, either emotionally or physically;
  • In which there is respect for diversity of opinion, race, sex and gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, political views, and all of the many other differences that we may have;
  • Where hierarchy is respected, but not abused;
  • That is free of belittlement, hostility, unwanted physical, verbal, or sexual advances; and
  • Does not create pressure to perform tasks that are outside the scope of one’s work and training responsibilities.

We have an ongoing commitment to uphold these values and instill them in new members of the Division. We expect to have our colleagues help us live up to the behaviors and responsibilities these values imply.

We are further committed to observing the policies and procedures by which the Department and University regulate adherence to our shared values.

Endorsed by acclamation by Neonatology Faculty

Note: This document is intended to supplement, not abrogate or replace, the specific values to which we aspire in our varying roles as employees, clinicians, teachers, researchers and/or administrators.