Thousand of students have attended the New York Medical College (NYMC) since it began operations in 1860. Located in Valhalla, NYMC is a leading center of medical innovation, treatment, and research that shares a campus with the Westchester Medical Center. The institution's mission states that all students admitted are to exhibit “excellence, scholarship and professionalism” that is consistent with the standards of the medical profession.
The majority of leading medical colleges and universities require all students to achieve high scholastic standards. Most also place a similar importance on demonstrating professional behavior when engaging with patients, faculty, and others in the community. Students that fail to satisfy such institutional standards for academic performance and professional conduct are subject to remediation and possible dismissal. Medical students that are faced with the prospect of disciplinary consequences should promptly confer with an attorney-advisor, as the ramifications may significantly impact your future.
Common Lapses of Professionalism
- Falsification, misrepresentation, or inaccurately recording actions and reports
- Responding defensively to objective evaluations or constructive criticism
- Failing to show compassion or to respectfully interact with others
The NYMC Student Code of Academic Integrity and Professionalism explains that lapses of the integrity of professionalism are not tolerated. Examples include unsatisfactory attendance, inappropriate language or gestures, research misconduct, failing to abide by best practices for confidentiality, etc.
Violations of the code are handled according to the severity of the misconduct and circumstances. Potential disciplinary action may include being assigned a failing grade for an assignment or course, revocation of privileges, suspension, or dismissal from the institution. Students may appeal adverse rulings within five days to the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs who may confer with the Office of Medical Education and other departmental leadership for reassessment.
The NYMC Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP) is intended to ensure that students' progress promptly through the phases of the program and remain compliant with the minimum requirements. The administration carefully reviews each student's performance after every term. Those who fail to meet the requirements are subject to Financial Aid Probation and an Academic Plan of remediation is established.
Students that are unable to successfully demonstrate the improvement required may be dismissed for unsatisfactory performance. Under limited circumstances, an appeal may be presented to the Committee on Academic Standing. The only acceptable grounds are that “extreme or unusual circumstances” existed that impeded the ability to perform and that this issue has since been remedied.
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Tremendous emphasis is placed on professionalism and integrity among those pursuing a career in medicine. Students with records or transcripts containing adverse information that suggests academic misconduct or other disciplinary sanctions are at a disadvantage. The individuals may have fewer options in residency programs, employment opportunities, and more limited earning potential.
Medical students can ill afford to be temporarily or permanently separated from an institution for professional misconduct, poor academic performance, or dishonesty. Overworked faculty administrators may rush to judgment without properly ensuring a student's right to due process. Attorney Joseph D. Lento understands these consequences and encourages you to contact the office at (888) 535-3686 today.