The practice of being tenaciously honest, guided by strong personal values
What is it?
Integrity is the regular practice of always telling the truth. A person of integrity lives by a code of ethics and high moral standards that others respect and admire.
Why is it important?
Employers, colleagues, and patients all want to engage with people who have integrity. If we withhold or compromise the truth, people will quickly learn that we cannot be trusted. In addition, if we overinflate our strengths or successes, people will eventually discount our abilities. In an environment where physicians often need to rely on other professionals to effectively complete their job, it is important to have a foundation of ethical practices, transparency, respect, and honesty.