Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo (UB) is among the oldest U.S. medical schools, as it was founded in 1846. The institution has been a pioneer in cardiovascular and neurological disorders, ion-channel physiology and biophysics. The school's leadership is committed to training health care professionals that demonstrate teamwork, compassion, and safety.

Medical schools uphold the belief that students demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, professionalism, and integrity. Students that are in remediation and having difficulty making progress or those facing potential disciplinary actions for misconduct have too much at stake. Based on these circumstances, students should speak to their families and promptly retain an attorney-adviser that will assist with critical support and guidance. This course of action can help to minimize harsh sanctions and other potentially adverse long-term consequences.

Examples of Lacking Professionalism

  • Failing to adhere to best practices in maintaining patient confidentiality
  • Failing to make improvements after receiving constructive evaluations and feedback
  • Using language or expressions that appear demeaning or discourteous

The Code of Professional Conduct at UB is a set of fundamental guidelines and expectations. The Professional Conduct Committee is composed of students that have consistently demonstrated professional conduct who work with the Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs. When allegations of misconduct are received, an investigation is initiated that involves gathering all relevant evidence for assessment. In cases involving serious breaches of conduct, the Committee will host a hearing where the accused student is heard.


Among the most significant penalties are suspension and expulsion (dismissal) from UB. These are measures generally reserved for those with persistent concerns or when violations are particularly egregious. Students may appeal a decision to the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum or the Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs.


Students that accumulate two clerkship or course failures will be promptly contacted by the Chair of the Student Progress Committee for academic reprimand and mediation. If the committee believes that remediation is possible, the student will be required to repeat a portion of or a full course or term. If remediation efforts are unsuccessful or a student has a third failure, they are typically dismissed from the school.

Lawyer Provides Effective Advisory Representation for Medical Students

Having a top-quality workforce of medical professionals in the future depends on maintaining high standards for professionalism and integrity among medical school students today. Students with deficient academic performance will likely be required to remediate. Students that are the subject of disciplinary proceedings for unprofessional behavior also may face harsh sanctions including suspension or expulsion. These adverse outcomes may create challenges that hinder the prospects for more desirable residency programs, employment, and more.

Medical students that are facing dismissal or other serious disciplinary consequences that can suddenly shatter their plans must take decisive action. Retaining an experienced attorney-adviser to help will better ensure the school's disciplinary provisions and process are interpreted and support your overall best interests. You are strongly encouraged to contact the Lento Law Firm at (888) 535-3686 for assistance.