The Stanford Medical School's roots can be traced back to 1858. The school is now a part of Stanford Medicine, a leader in research, teaching and clinical care that is recognized internationally. The Student Accountability Process provides an overview of the standards and expectations that the school's leadership has for students. The Office of Community Standards is responsible for managing concerns related to the Honor Code and Fundamental Standard.
Students in medical school have made a long-term commitment to pursue a career in practicing medicine. The standards for academic performance are high and poor performance may result in remediation. Each institution also maintains guidelines for professionalism and when a medical student is facing serious disciplinary sanctions, this can lead to fewer residency options, employment opportunities, and reduced earning potential. Having a seasoned attorney in an advisory capacity is critical for protecting your rights and achieving a positive resolution.
School of Medicine Professionalism Principles
At Stanford Medical School, student professionalism is summarized in three commitments as follows:
- Adhering to standards of excellence in practicing medicine
- A primary focus that is dedicated to the best interests and safety of patients
- Responsiveness to the healthcare needs of the community
Students are expected to treat others with respect, compassion, and empathy. Medical students are to recognize that patients and peers are from many cultures and backgrounds. Inclusiveness is a goal among all students because they share a common commitment to educational achievement and patient welfare.
The Stanford Fundamental Standard is a mission statement that specifically relates to student behavior. It is based on “respect, morality, personal honor, and the rights of others.” Students that fail to adhere to these values are subject to removal from the institution.
Serious acts of misconduct, such as violations of the Honor Code, may result in suspension or expulsion. Students may be required to appear before a Judicial Panel. If the Judicial Panel believes that expulsion is appropriate, the request is sent to the Provost for approval. Expulsion is the “permanent termination” of a student from the institution.
Remediation is a key element in medical education used to improve student performance and ensure that all students are truly qualified for the profession. Stanford is extremely selective in admitting students to advanced degree programs and maintains high standards for all current students. The administration will work to determine the “circumstances and identify any necessary actions to achieve satisfactory progress.”
Advisory Attorney for Medical Students
Medical school students have a tremendous amount at stake when subjected to potential disciplinary action for failing to meet academic standards, violations of academic integrity, unprofessional conduct, etc. All efforts should be made to maintain a clean disciplinary background. Retaining experienced advisory representation ensures the school's specific disciplinary provisions are properly understood and that you are afforded due process.
Leaders of today's schools of medical education and research are firmly devoted to maintaining an impeccable reputation. Administrators that are tasked with handling the disciplinary process may be motivated to swiftly resolve these matters and impose disproportionately harsh penalties. Contact the office of the Lento Law Firm at (888) 535-3686 today for further information.