Medical Student Appeals

Students work extremely hard to get to medical school. Once they get there, their goal is to graduate and receive their M.D. degree. The rigorous nature of medical school combined with an inclination to start officially practicing compels students to strive to achieve their goals in a minimal amount of time. However, a timely graduation is heavily dependent on a medical student's overall performance.

Unlike the average student, medical students are evaluated for a variety of factors. Their academic performance, clinical knowledge and their compliance with standards of conduct inside and outside of a medical school or teaching hospital are evaluated. When a school's requirements are not met, a school may either place a student on academic probation, suspend a student for a short time, or completely dismiss him or her from enrolling into a college or university.

Fortunately, schools offer students the option of contesting decisions that are detrimental to their medical career by requesting an appeal.

Grounds for an Appeal

Whether it be a failing grade, a substandard clinical evaluation result, academic probation or a dismissal, you are given the opportunity to appeal it. However, you must provide a valid reason, or grounds, to justify these outcomes. The majority of schools are receptive to two permissible grounds for an appeal request: improper conduct and extenuating circumstances. Students must base their appeal on at least one of these grounds for their request to be considered.

Improper conduct

Merely being dissatisfied with a decision made by a faculty member or by the school is not enough to appeal on the basis of improper conduct. A student can only successfully appeal on this ground when mistakes have been made by school staff and/or school guidelines have been incorrectly applied to your case.