Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) is steadfast in a commitment to remaining among the leading institutions for medical education, clinical research, innovations in health care, and the promotion of community health. The school is partnered with dozens of clinics, hospital groups, and other affiliates for training. More than 1,500 total students are enrolled in various programs on the campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway.

Pursuing a career in medicine requires a long commitment to a journey filled with challenges. Rigid standards are the norm for academic performance and each institution maintains guidelines for professionalism. Medical students who find themselves the subject of serious disciplinary sanctions including suspension and dismissal may later struggle to be admitted to desirable residency options, have limited employment opportunities, and have reduced earning potential. Having a seasoned attorney in an advisory capacity is critical for protecting your rights and overcoming these issues.

Common Breaches of Professionalism

  • Failing to find a proper balance in managing their wide range of academic and clinical responsibilities
  • Exhibiting indifference toward honoring patient needs
  • An inability to build proper rapport or empathy

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Code of Professional Conduct explains that infractions of misconduct are heard by the Student. Professional Conduct Committee (SPCC) or Dean of Student Affairs. Very serious breaches of professional conduct such as those involving a lack of academic integrity are subject to a formal investigation, review, and potential sanctioning.

Dismissal

Students that may face dismissal are notified to appear before the Academic Standing Committee two weeks in advance. Following a hearing, an accused student is notified of the outcome (decision) within two calendar days. Student transcripts will contain information regarding a suspension, dismissal, or when two or more professional violations are accumulated. Students will be required to repeat a complete year of study when multiple courses are failed, with dismissal likely for any subsequent failures.

Remediation

Remediation allows students that are not performing academically to redeem themselves. The process has long been an integral part of medical education, as the future quality of the physician workforce is important. At RWJMS, students must satisfy The Essential Functions for Admission and Matriculation, a Clinical Skills Assessment, and maintain satisfactory academic performance to progress.

Experienced Advisory Attorney for Medical Students

Students actively enrolled in a medical education program that is faced with serious disciplinary actions have much at stake, as having a near-perfect track-record of performance is the expectation for medical professionals. Students that are in remediation for substandard academic performance, violate academic integrity provisions, or others are encouraged to consult with an attorney. Retaining advisory assistance better ensures the school's specific disciplinary rules are correctly interpreted and your rights to due process are respected.

The leaders at today's medical and research institutions remain committed to having a stellar reputation. The administrators that are chosen to manage student disciplinary processes may be motivated to swiftly resolve these matters haphazardly and could impose disproportionate penalties. Joseph D. Lento is an attorney that understands the potentially devastating repercussions and will work aggressively on your behalf. Contact the office today at (888) 535-3686 for 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 our offices today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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