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The School of Health Sciences Model of Professionalism

The School of Health Sciences Model of Professionalism includes values and behaviours which guide the practice of health care professionals.  Faculty, staff, clinical preceptors, and students are expected to conduct themselves according to this model.


Through your Dalhousie e-mail account, this is the primary means of communication for academic and administrative purposes within Dalhousie University. Effective email messages communicate clearly and reflect a professional image.

Email etiquette
Faculty and students are expected to observe the standards of courtesy and professionalism that apply to all university communications. 

Please adhere to the following guidelines when communicating via email:

1. Email is not to be used to criticize. Contentious issues should be resolved in person or by phone.

2. Emails should be written with an air of professionalism and courtesy.

3. When corresponding, use proper composition and carefully proofread emails before sending (checking for proper spelling and grammar).  Avoid using emoticons and abbreviations (LOL, BTW, etc.) as their use is generally considered to be too informal for university correspondence.

4. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to respond to emails as promptly as their schedule reasonably allows within regular business hours. Answer emails within a reasonable timeframe (generally within 3 business days).

Students are encouraged to consult with Dalhousie’s Writing Centre for tips and additional resources on professional writing.