The first students arrived on the campus of what is known today as the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1956. Since being established, the school has consistently sought to remain among the premier institutions in educational quality, patient care, excellence in research, and community development. In the Policy on Professionalism and the Learning Environment, the school affirmed a commitment to high standards of professionalism. Failure to abide by these guidelines may result in disciplinary measures.
The leading medical colleges and universities insist that all admitted students successfully maintain high academic standards. The majority also places major emphasis on demonstrating professional conduct when engaging patients, staff, and others in the community. Students who fail to satisfy such recognized standards for academic success and professional conduct are subject to remediation and potential dismissal. Students who face the prospect of disciplinary action should promptly speak with an attorney-adviser, as the outcome may adversely impact the future.
Common Breaches of Standards for Professionalism
- Misrepresentation or inaccurately recording actions and reports
- Acting defensively to objective assessments or constructive criticism
- Demonstrating a lack of compassion or respect for others
When potential breaches of professionalism occur, there are various reporting options available. For those involving students, the Dean of Student Affairs is the contact. For residents, the point of contact is the Dean of Graduate Medical Education (GME). Informal resolutions may be an option for less serious concerns.
Certain very serious acts of misconduct, breaches of professionalism, or acts of academic integrity may be subject to dismissal. Dismissal in many cases is an option for those students with persistent violations. This may include those with past written reprimands or those that have been placed on probation or been suspended before.
If a student fails a course it must be repeated. Remediation programs may be determined by clerkship directors and include clinical responsibilities, examinations, and more. Those who do not meet current year requirements and not eligible for the promotion. Any student with a second clerkship failure is also subject to dismissal.
Medical schools have continued to assess and develop their practices for student academic remediation. Many believe that correcting deficiencies early in the medical school program is critical to ensure the competency of future physicians.
The Academic Standing Committee is responsible for monitoring the scholastic performance of all students. In addition to maintaining satisfactory academic standing, all students must pass the Summative Clinical Skills Assessment, Clinical Procedures Requirement, and complete the Independent Scholarly Project.
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