I'm trying to finish this sentence with a word or term that encompasses doctors, assistants and medical records staff, management. Using colleagues will only represent the people who had the same positions as myself

Possess fundamental clinical skills, interpersonal skills, and cultural sensitivity towards a diverse range of patients and colleagues alike.

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    "Colleague" often implies a similar rank/stature of someone in the same profession as you, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it applies only to people with the same job title as you. In this example, it seems about as specific as it needs to be, covering the general category of "people you work with" in contrast to "people you don't work with". "Coworkers" or "staff" would also fit, but feels somewhat more impersonal than "colleagues". Jul 7, 2022 at 13:31
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    Is this -all- hospital staff? or only a subset? Does it include orderlies and custodial staff, does it include non-medically trained people, those who don't interact with patients at all?
    – Mitch
    Jul 7, 2022 at 13:32
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    'colleagues' = 'people you work with'. Yes, more likely to imply those at the same level, but can also include depending on context, managers and people who report to you.
    – Mitch
    Jul 7, 2022 at 13:34
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    “Colleague” is not restrictive in the sense you imagine. For example, Cambridge has “one of a group of people who work together”. I do not post this as an answer, merely suggesting that those who wrote it first do so.
    – Anton
    Jul 7, 2022 at 13:37
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    health professionals
    – Lambie
    Jul 7, 2022 at 17:52

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There are some possibilities depending on what you mean.

  • The word "colleague" means someone who works with you. This doesn't have to be someone who does the same job as you. If you are a software developer then a salesperson, an HR assistant, an event planner and even the CTO can reasonably be your "colleague". It wouldn't include a software developer who worked for a different company.
  • If you specifically mean people who work in a hospital then "hospital staff" is a good phrase to use. "Staff" in general means people who work for an organization.
  • If you specifically mean people who work in the medical field then "medical professional" is a good term, although it usually means people who actively make medical decisions, such as doctors, nurses or radiologists but not records keepers.
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    Although one's colleague doesn't have to do exactly the same job as oneself, the word carries an implication of a rough equality of professional status. When it is used for somebody who is not, in fact, one's peer, its impact depends on who uses it: for somebody who is of a higher status to treat those of the lower as if they were equal is gracious, but for somebody of a lower status to so treat those of the higher is presumptuous.
    – jsw29
    Jul 7, 2022 at 19:46

I concur with the others that your definition of 'colleagues' is too restrictive. I think it would work fine for the context you gave.

Similarly, I think something like 'staff' would work in this context.

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    – Anton
    Jul 7, 2022 at 15:31
  • If some people are touchy about professionals vs. staff, then maybe personnel would satisfy the nitpickers. Jul 8, 2022 at 6:48

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