Posted: January 29, 2018

GME Institutional Professional Relationships Policy


This policy recognizes that, in general, interns, residents, fellows, medical students and applicants occupy positions of vulnerability. The fundamental nature of the trainer/trainee relationship is one of imparting/learning new skills and continually evaluating those skills. Potential exists for abuse of power and authority. When entering into our organization, individuals are motivated to maintain the esteem of their leaders and membership in the organization. This environment can deter individuals from expressing legitimate complaints against abuses of power and authority. This policy guards against inappropriate interactions in education and training environments. This policy also recognizes that unprofessional instructor/trainee relationships within an institution may engender actual or perceived bias. Unprofessional relationships, to include consensual relationships of an intimate nature, may generate concern that members are placing personal objectives over organizational interests or demonstrating favoritism, thereby disrupting the clinical learning environment. This policy guards against actual or perceived bias permeating education and training environments. Success of trainees in GME programs must occur on the basis of merit alone.


Professionalism, Graduate Medical Education, GME Policy, Consensual Relationships


Mark True, MD, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium

Woodson S. Jones, MD, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium