Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont

The Larner College of Medicine was founded in Burlington in 1822, which makes it the seventh oldest medical school in the U.S. The school is highly ranked among medical school institutions in rural settings. The University has high admission standards and maintains this commitment for all current students. The College of Medicine's Student Handbook contains the procedural guidelines and regulations that govern the expectations for students.

The standards regarding behavior and integrity for students in medical school are high. Students must satisfy certain requirements for academic performance and professional conduct. Because of the risks involved, medical students faced with academic remediation or disciplinary actions must take appropriate action. This may include discussing the concern with family members and securing an attorney-adviser to provide guidance and support.

Examples of Deficiencies in Professionalism

  • Failing to admit responsibility for errors or shortcomings
  • A failure to recognize personal or professional limitations
  • Demonstrating insensitivity for the needs or feelings of patients or peers

The Code of Professional Conduct extends to the classroom, clinical, and other informal settings. It is founded on a commitment to honesty, integrity, and respect for all those in the community. Complaints are received by the Associate Dean for Students, who may proceed with informal or formal actions based on the seriousness.

Dismissal

Students that fail to meet academic standards are subject to remediation. If remediation is not successful, the student will be dismissed for performance failure. Students that are the subject of complaints about misconduct, a lack of professionalism, or academic integrity may be summoned for a hearing with a designated ad hoc committee. After hearing all evidence, students found to be in violation are subject to sanctions that may include dismissal from the institution.

Remediation

The Committee on Advancement reviews the academic performance of all students. This committee is also tasked with managing the remediation process for students who fail to show sufficient academic progress. Any student that fails a course or passes more than two courses “marginally” will be contacted.

Remediation is an agreement between a student and a designated staff member that involves a clear set of objectives. Students may be permitted to review a portion of a course rather than retake it entirely. Successfully remediation is required for promotion.

Experienced Attorney Provides Advisory Representation for Medical Students

Educational institutions must ensure that future physicians adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. Medical students that are struggling academically must take remediation very seriously. This also applies to those faced with disciplinary allegations. It is critical to do what is necessary to maintain clean records and transcripts.

If the information in your academic background suggests that you are prone to misconduct or lack integrity, it can impede your admission to another medical school and limit your residency and employment options. Medical students have already invested too much time and resources toward their educational goals; therefore, too much is at stake when facing suspension or dismissal from an institution. Having assistance from an advisory attorney is essential to ensure you are treated fairly and your best interests are acknowledged. Contact the Lento Law Firm today for assistance at (888) 535-3686. 

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