Duties: To Themselves and Colleagues


Collegiality is cooperative interaction between colleagues. The collegiality of relationships can affect the comprehensiveness and continuity of care patients receive, particularly through the referral and consultation processes. For this reason, physicians should be collegial in their dealings with one another. Mutual trust, respect, and knowledge of each other’s expertise, skills and responsibilities are all important to establishing collegial relationships.

This is not to say that collegiality may be used to mask ineffective or inappropriate practice, or to protect incompetent or incapacitated physicians. Rather, physicians should accept and support meaningful peer evaluation as a mechanism for upholding the standards of the profession.

Collegiality also fosters cooperation as a profession. At times, it is as a unified voice that physicians can best advance their patients’ interests. Physicians should support each other not only individually, but should also, collectively, support the profession in working for the public interest.

Physicians should enter into professional associations and collaborations only if, in doing so, they can maintain professional integrity and safeguard the interests of their patients.

Relevant Policies, Publications and Resources

Disruptive Physician Behaviour Initiative

The Practice Guide

Duties of Physicians to Themselves and Others



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