Student Defense: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM-DMC)

The College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University is a prestigious institution with three campus sites. It is one of the most competitive osteopathic medical schools in the state. MSUCOM-DMC is the campus located in Detroit at the DMC Medical Center. Attending MSUCOM-DMC is quite an accomplishment, especially given its illustrious history and rigorous training protocols. After graduation, students can look forward to various career opportunities thanks to the institution's strong reputation, prominent alumni, and extensive training. However, this is only true if osteopathic medical students maintain exemplary behavior and strong academic performance throughout their enrollment.

Being an osteopathic medical student is an exciting and challenging experience, especially in such a competitive setting. This sense of urgency might lead students to make unintended errors that affect their graduation prospects and reputation. Some of these mistakes are more damaging than others, regardless of whether due to pressure to perform or a slip in discretion. No matter your intent, going against the code causes issues at MSUCOM-DMC. Without the assistance of an Attorney-Advisor, you may experience significant graduation delays or, worse, permanent discharge from the institution.

Ethical and Professional Behavior at MSUCOM-DMC

According to the most recent D.O. Student handbook, professional and ethical issues result in disciplinary action, including temporary or permanent dismissal. The manual maintains that all students must have the emotional and behavioral capacity to use their intellectual abilities and sound judgment to make the right decisions. Since they will work with patients from all walks of life, they must be mature, sensitive, and compassionate.

Every action you take while attending osteopathic medical school has implications for the future. Professional and behavioral violations come with heavy penalties in medical school and after graduating. Since you are in a position of public trust, it's essential that you have the training, composure, and ethics of a professional who has people's well-being in mind. Since you are building a reputation, you must ensure that all patients receive fair treatment, despite their gender, religious beliefs, race, and other differences.


Even the most conscientious osteopathic medicine student must establish a thorough mastery of their curriculum to remain enrolled in medical school. As future doctors in a position of public trust, they must have a sound and comprehensive understanding of the material and continue learning and improving over time. If students do not perform well, they may be required to attend remedial classes to keep up with their peers. These rigorous standards are understandable. Not only does MSUCOM-DMC need to maintain its reputation – the lives of people are at stake if students don't master their course material.

Although remediation may be inconvenient, it is the only option students at MSUCOM-DMC have if they fall behind academically. Yet low performance could be caused by various factors, including stress or personal situations. Even the best student might succumb to the pressure to stay ahead, and mistakes occur in keeping up. In such instances, an attorney-advisor may be able to help you negotiate with your panel to reduce the chances of being placed on probation because of academic concerns.

Consequences of Expulsion

A temporary suspension or expulsion is one of the most damaging issues a medical student can encounter. Suspended students must wait to finish their degrees, causing significant disruptions in their lives and unavoidable graduation delays. They will also have a problematic gap on their transcript, which they must explain to potential employers and administrators. Expulsion, on the other hand, is a much harsher penalty for osteopathic medical students. While not as severe as expulsion, a suspension can still affect your reputation. Some of the issues you may encounter include:

  • Difficulty enrolling in another osteopathic medical school: Admissions officers prefer students with clean records. They are more likely to reject your application with a notice on your permanent transcript.
  • Time and effort wasted: No matter how much progress you achieve, you must start over if you find another school that accepts you despite the expulsion.
  • Financial burdens: Attending medical school costs tens of thousands of dollars. Financial aid, scholarships, and privileges no longer apply after expulsion. You'll also have to spend extra money to find new housing. These unanticipated costs add to your debt and exacerbate your financial situation.
  • Reputation damage: Your reputation is everything as an osteopathic medical student. Expulsion for ethical infractions or poor academic progress is a matter of concern for employers, peers, and professors.

With so much that can go wrong, avoiding a suspension and expulsion charge are crucial for your future career as an osteopathic doctor. However, tackling a panel alone is not the best option – or advisable. With the help of an attorney-advisor, you have a higher chance of receiving a favorable case outcome.

Contacting an Attorney-Advisor

With so many things that may go wrong, an expert's help can make a big difference in your case. But to have the best chance of success with as little impact as possible, you must act fast before the situation worsens. Medical school is hard, and you're still a student, which means you'll make mistakes and learn from them as you gain knowledge and experience. Some errors, however, are more serious than others. For a severe transgression or infraction, you may suffer graduation delays, suspension, or expulsion if you are not careful.

When this happens, you'll need the help of an experienced Attorney-Advisor who knows what's at stake and stands by you during this difficult time.

Attorney-Advisor Joseph D. Lento specializes in student defense. With years of experience handling unique and complex cases, advisor Lento is by your side when all seems hopeless. The stress and pressure to succeed can cause issues for even the most dedicated student. You deserve due process and a second chance.

If you or someone you love faces allegations of behavioral or academic issues at MSUCOM-DMC, don't delay. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 for helpful information about your case.

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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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