- Relationships among learners and teachers provide fundamental infrastructure for teaching, clinical practice, and scholarly endeavors. Appreciative and longitudinal relationships are critical to the development of open, trusting learning environments. Learning communities in the health professions are caring communities, where the relational matrix is the critical substrate for developing humanistic practitioners. Service, professionalism, empathy and appreciativeness are modeled in collegial interactions, and become the wellspring for outward expression of humanistic practice to patients, families, and local communities.
- Professionalism: Role-modeling, mentoring and leadership in professional behaviors are deeply rooted in the trusting, longitudinal relationships found within learning communities. The LCI is committed to the development of institutional professionalism standards.
- Scholarship: Collaborative pursuit of knowledge, best educational practices, and flattened hierarchies characterize health professions learning communities, engaging all participants in continual learning that reflects shared values and purpose. The LCI encourages scholarly efforts and provides a framework for enhanced collaboration.
- Supporting the well-being of teachers and learners is vital in empowering them to fulfill their roles as empathic clinicians and advocates for patients. The LCI is committed to develop and disseminate strategies to ensure the well-being of learning community members.
- Personal & professional development is essential for the maturation of both students and faculty across the continuum of learning. The LCI is committed to mentoring and sharing of best practices in order to contribute to the development of the members.
- Inclusiveness: True community is realized when every member is recognized and unique perspectives and contributions are appreciated. Diversity is at the heart of learning communities and the LCI welcomes all interested members and individuals.