CMA members come from all corners of the state, represent every medical specialty, span all generations, and hold diverse viewpoints and social expectations reflecting their myriad of backgrounds, cultures and lived experiences.
When physician, resident and medical student members come together to support CMA’s common mission, it is expected that we will encounter differences in opinion – sometimes passionate ones. In order to arrive at informed consensus, we ask all participants to remember the value of respectful communication, and to be courteous and patient with democratic decision-making. We also encourage participants to err on the side of civility, grace, curiosity kindness and patience.
Regardless of our many differences, everyone is capable of respecting personal boundaries and comporting themselves with decency. Some basics:
- Generally avoid or else save provocative, edgy, inflammatory, aggressive, or sarcastic remarks for close personal acquaintances, who know you well and understand your intent.
- It is disrespectful to invalidate the experiences of others. If you don’t share or haven’t witnessed those experiences communicated by others, it’s probably a time for listening instead of speculation, playing devil’s advocate or one-upmanship.
- Please refrain from remarks of a sexual nature or any potential unwelcome commentary on people’s bodies or appearances, including, but not restricted to, clothing, age, hair, jewelry, etc. Take care to make sure that any physical touch is consensual.
- You are expected to self-regulate your own behavior, as every individual is the best judge of their limits on socializing, hours worked or awake, alcohol consumed, or any other stressor that may impact a person’s disposition or behavior.
- If you make an error in social judgement, apologize and then leave the other party alone.
CMA doesn’t need policy on kindness to expect civil conduct from all attendees. Those lacking the ability to navigate these common social expectations should consider alternative ways of engagement within our organization.
CMA is committed to providing an inclusive and harassment-free environment, and we believe that creating an ongoing dialogue is a key tenet to supporting that goal.
We are all human and mistakes or miscommunications can be expected. There is no policy that will prevent misunderstandings or rude incidents from occurring or eliminate the inevitable discomfort that can arise when you bring large, diverse groups of people together.
If you feel safe doing so, you are encouraged to communicate directly with the other party in the moment or soon after when someone offends or is flatly inappropriate. This allows the individual the opportunity to apologize, make amends, and learn from the experience. Not every incident described above may rise to the level of a formal complaint or disciplinary action, but we would still like to hear from you so that we are able to have important conversations and be aware of those behaviors for the future.