A recent study published in JAMA Network Open, which examined reports of unprofessional behavior among over 35,000 physicians, found that while the vast majority of doctors (90.9%) never received any reports, there were notable differences across specialties. Surgeons topped the list, with 13.8% receiving at least one report, followed by nonsurgeon proceduralists and emergency medicine physicians. Interestingly, pediatric-focused physicians were less likely to receive reports compared to their non-pediatric counterparts.

These findings, which align with my anecdotal observations over the past three decades, underscore the importance of addressing unprofessional behaviors in healthcare settings. Such behaviors not only impact team dynamics but can also lead to increased patient complications and malpractice claims.

As healthcare leaders, it’s crucial that we use this information to foster a culture of professionalism and accountability. By understanding the prevalence and patterns of these behaviors, we can develop targeted interventions and support systems to improve both patient care and workplace satisfaction.

Remember, while these statistics provide valuable insights, they also remind us that the vast majority of physicians maintain high standards of professionalism. Our goal should be to support and encourage this professionalism across all specialties, creating a healthcare environment that benefits both providers and patients alike.