In 1903, The Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas, was established through an affiliation with Baylor University. The College maintains a commitment to a set of core values that include respect, integrity, teamwork, and excellence. Students are expected to adhere to guidelines and procedures and maintain a professional duty according to the Medical Student Performance Evaluation.
Baylor's Code of Conduct outlines the standards and expectations for students regarding academic performance, ethics, and professionalism. The administration may impose adverse sanctions and penalties for non-compliance. We will look at BCM's policies regarding student professionalism, remediation, possible dismissal, and other concerns.
Professionalism at BCM
The Center for Professionalism encourages students and other community members to report any concerns promptly. Students should adhere to basic guidelines for professional conduct including some of the following examples:
- Remain mindful of demeanor and appearance in the presence of peers, faculty, and patients in all settings
- Assume responsibility for mistakes and maturely accept feedback and constructive criticism
- Adhere to standards for academic and professional honesty and integrity
- Avoid any illicit drugs or substances that impair judgment and create potential personal risks or dangers to patient safety
- Always remaining focused on avoiding any actions that could breach patient confidentiality
Remediation at BCM
Absence from a required academic activity without advanced approval is “considered a breach of professionalism.” Multiple absences from pre-clinical courses or clinical rotations result in an Incomplete grade that requires remediation. Students with two failing course grades are placed on academic probation and may be subject to dismissal.
The Vice-Chair for Education established general processes for those who are under-performing. A customized remediation plan is created, counseling and is made available, and deadlines are strictly enforced.
Grounds for Dismissal at BCM
Students may be dismissed from the College for violations of academic or non-academic rules. The BCM faulty may dismiss students when their “knowledge, character or mental or physical fitness” is not appropriate for becoming a physician. Conduct deemed to be unsuitable for the medical profession such as dishonesty, criminal acts, and substance abuse are grounds for dismissal.
Allegations are investigated and reviewed by the Office of Student Affairs or School of Medicine. If necessary, sanctions may be imposed that include suspension or dismissal. Students are afforded the right to an appeal. Appeals in academic actions must be filed within 10 days. Appeals related to nonacademic misconduct or lapses in professionalism must be submitted within seven days to the Office of the Provost.
Retaining an Attorney for Disciplinary Actions
Medical school students have a great deal at stake when subject to disciplinary action for failing to meet academic standards, violations of academic integrity, unprofessional conduct, etc. Students may be ineligible or refused admission to another medical school or residency program and face challenges in obtaining employment.
The medical field maintains high standards for integrity. The best course of action for students is to seek assistance from an experienced attorney-adviser. This is critical for interpreting the institution's unique process and ensuring your rights are protected. Contact the office of the Lento Law Firm at (888) 535-3686 today for further information.