CUNY School of Medicine

Originally established back in 1973 as the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, the City College of New York School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program trains students that will be the physicians of tomorrow. The Student Handbook and provisions related to academic progress provide all students with the school's expectations. Students are to represent the school and the medical profession appropriately and adhere to all aspects of the Honor Code.

Aside from stringent standards for academic performance that are potentially subject to remediation, each institution maintains guidelines for professionalism and scholastic integrity. Medical students must take prompt action to protect their future by mitigating risks of being unable to access preferred residency programs and employment opportunities if the disciplinary matters are unresolved. It is crucial to retain an experienced attorney-adviser that firmly understands the process and will advocate for your rights to due process and best interests while working toward a favorable resolution.

Common Examples of a Lack of Professionalism

  • Showing an inability to properly respond to stressful situations and circumstances
  • Exhibiting signs of impatience or lacking compassion or empathy
  • Putting forth a minimal effort and failing to show improvement

Professionalism is expected in the classroom, clinical, fieldwork, and social settings. The core values include “honesty, integrity, non-discrimination, self-sacrifice, and dedication.” The medical profession requires a high level of maturity, compassion, and stability to effectively care for patients. The school's Academic Integrity Officer will always have access to the confidential records file to determine if there have been past violations.

Grounds for Dismissal

Professional Probation is also designated within the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE). If placed on probation, the student will have 12 months for improvement or face likely dismissal. Acts of academic dishonesty are also grounds for course failure and other sanctions that may include being suspended or dismissed from the institution.

Remediation for Academic Deficiencies

All medical students must complete the M1 and M2 phases of the program in four years and then the M3 and M4 phases in the same time frame. Students that show a pattern of failing to comply with completion deadlines are subject to sanctions. The Student Academic Progress Committee (SAPC) evaluates student performance each term and may take remedial or corrective action when warranted. Those who fail to meet academic requirements are subject to academic probation, may be required to repeat coursework, and potentially dismissed.

Effective Advisory Attorney for Medical School Students

Medical school students have a great deal at stake when subjected to disciplinary proceedings such as those that involve substandard academic performance, forms of unprofessional conduct, academic integrity concerns, and more. The medical field maintains high standards for personal integrity and honesty. Students that are subject to remedial or disciplinary action should seek assistance from an experienced attorney-adviser.

Retaining seasoned advisory representation ensures the school's specific disciplinary procedures and processes are correctly interpreted and that you are afforded rights of due process. Joseph D. Lento is an attorney that understands the adverse repercussions that may result and will support your best interests. Contact the office today at (888) 535-3686 for additional information.

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