Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University

The Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University (HMSOM) offers students a high-quality educational experience that promotes inclusion, diversity, and community support. The medical school program combines “basic science and clinical curriculum” in an atmosphere committed to superior patient care. All students are required to maintain many standards academically, personally, and professionally in a collaborative environment.

The institutional standards for medical school students today are very high. Students must meet a host of various requirements for academic performance and professional conduct. Due to the potential risks, medical students faced with academic remediation or disciplinary actions must take appropriate action. It is strongly recommended that students speak with family members and promptly secure an attorney-adviser to provide guidance and support.

Examples of Deficiencies in Professionalism

  • Failing to take proper responsibility for errors or shortcomings
  • A failure to recognize or acknowledge personal or professional limitations
  • Exhibiting a lack of sensitivity for the needs or feelings of patients or peers

The Student Professionalism Subcommittee (SPS) is responsible for investigating alleged breaches of professionalism by students. Any acts of retaliation against an individual that reports a potential violation are prohibited and subject to disciplinary action. The breaches are classified as “minor, moderate, or major” and the penalties that may be imposed are appropriate based on the categories. The School of Medicine's Student Code of Conduct or Standards of Professionalism allows for various potential remedies and sanctions.

Dismissal

Medical students that fail to maintain Drug Screening Compliance are subject to dismissal, as well as those who commit violations that create potential public safety concerns. Major breaches of professionalism are prioritized by the SPS and may result in suspension or dismissal. Students have a right to appeal an adverse ruling to the Student Performance Review Committee (SPRC) within 10 days, which are also reviewed by the Dean.

Remediation

Medical school students who fail to satisfy academic standards are subject to remediation. Any deficiencies are ideally addressed early in the medical school program. All students must complete all courses, clerk-ships, clinical assignments, and examinations to advance to subsequent phases. Students that fail one course or clerkship must enter remediation and students are afforded two opportunities.

Experienced Attorney Offer Effective Advisory Representation for Medical Students

Schools of medical education today are tasked with confirming that future medical professionals satisfy the high standards for integrity and professionalism. Students who are struggling in their academic coursework may be subject to remediation. Those students that are the subject of disciplinary allegations must take decisive action to maintain clean records and transcripts. These students have typically made significant investments of time in their education and often incur significant student loan debt; therefore, too much is at stake when facing suspension or dismissal from an institution.

Having records and transcriptions that show a poor pattern of conduct or academic performance can create significant problems as students move on to future endeavors. For example, their admission to another medical school be unlikely, residency program options could be limited, future employment opportunities could be impacted. Having an advisory lawyer for help is essential to ensure you are treated equitably and your best interests are acknowledged. Contact attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm today for more information at (888) 535-3686.

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