Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

The M.S. Hershey Foundation and U.S. Public Health Service provided the initial funding for what is now the Penn State College of Medicine. The school opened in 1967 and is now a part of the larger Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Recently, the administration launched a Family Medicine 3+3 Accelerated MD Program, which involves three years of medical school and three years of family medicine residency.

The education and training necessary to practice medicine are extensive. Students face high standards for academic achievement and each school also maintains guidelines for professionalism. Medical school students who have been notified that they are the subject of disciplinary action may face possible sanctions including suspension and dismissal. These students could find themselves with fewer desirable residency options, employment opportunities, and reduced earning potential.

Having an experienced attorney serving in an advisory capacity is critical to protect your rights and achieve a positive resolution. Your attorney may engage in negotiations to avoid harsh sanctions, propose a remediation plan, and assist with any process of appeal.

Common Breaches of Professionalism

  • Failures to properly manage their wide scope of academic obligations and clinical responsibilities
  • A failure to acknowledge and honor the needs of all patients
  • Demonstrating deficient communication skills, such as an inability to build proper rapport or empathy

Dismissal from the College of Medicine

Expulsion from the institution is generally a solution reserved for very serious conduct violations, significant breaches of the Honor Code, or those students that have persistently breached the code of conduct. Dismissal is also imposed if any false information is submitted in the application process for any programs, benefits, etc.

The University Conduct Board (UCB) may summon the accused (respondent) to a hearing in cases where the sanctions may include suspension or dismissal. Before deliberating on sanctions, the Board will read a statement of consideration if submitted by the respondent. Those who wish to appeal a decision must notify the Student Conduct Appeals Officer within five days.


Those who have failed a course or program are afforded a second chance through remediation. The Academic Progress Committee works with students who fail a course in developing a remediation plan. Potential remedial activities include retaking a course or clerkship or repeating a complete academic term. Students actively in remediation are placed on academic probation.

Experienced Advisory Attorney for Medical School Students

Students currently attending medical schools could potentially be subject to serious disciplinary actions. These students have too much at stake, as having a clean background is critical in the medical profession. Students entering remediation for substandard academic performance, violations of academic integrity, and other similar problems concerns should promptly consult with an attorney. The experienced advisory representation will better ensure the school's specific disciplinary guidelines are properly interpreted and that you are afforded due process.

Many leaders at today's premier schools are dedicated to maintaining an unblemished reputation. The administrators designated to manage the disciplinary process may be motivated to hastily pursue a resolution in these processes and impose disproportionately harsh penalties.  Joseph D. Lento is an attorney with a firm understanding of the potential repercussions and will work diligently on your behalf. Contact the Lento Law Firm today at (888) 535-3686 for additional details. 

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If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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