Student Defense: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State

The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State (NYITCOM) is an osteopathic medical college in Jonesboro, Arkansas. NYITCOM emphasizes patient-centered care and trains students in providing high-quality, population-based osteopathic medical care. Admissions are competitive, granting only 5% of applicants the opportunity to participate in their program with a solid connection to the main NYIT campus in Long Island, New York. Upon graduation, students have many career opportunities to look forward to, with residency and training options in some of the best health facilities in the state.

Being an osteopathic medical student is an exciting accomplishment. After graduating, you'll receive the training and experience necessary to grow and create a successful osteopathic medical career. However, to remain enrolled, you must abide by behavioral, ethical, and academic principles that are core components of an osteopathic doctor's personality. Because you will be in a position of public trust, you must have the demeanor and the knowledge to work with people in your care.

Professional and Ethical Standards at NYITCOM

According to the Student Handbook, every member of NYITCOM must abide by the rules established in the Student Code of Conduct. Every osteopathic medical school enforces similar requirements for multiple reasons. While it is necessary that the school maintains its reputation and ensures a level playing field for all students, often, lapses in judgment or misunderstandings happen. Every NYITCOM community member must report violations to the Associate Dean of Student Administration (ADSA). The ADSA assigns members to conduct a preliminary investigation that lasts up to five days, after which the student receives notice of the next steps. If the matter is particularly egregious, students receive sanctions after a hearing that range from a reprimand to suspension or expulsion.

As an osteopathic medical student, you must always maintain exemplary behavior and uphold the professional standards established by the school to train you to become a doctor in the future. The pressure or stress of being a medical student significantly impacts your life if you're not careful. Despite your intentions, sometimes, a mistake may lead to severe penalties. If you don't take the proper steps to address and resolve the issue, you'll lose years of time and progress and may need to start from scratch.

Remediation at NYITCOM

Even if you were the most ethical student at medical school, you must still maintain academic excellence to progress in your educational path. Being a good student is essential for you as an osteopathic doctor, as you will be working with vulnerable patients. You must have the necessary knowledge to be able to heal and help them thrive.

When students earn an unsatisfactory final grade in any course or clerkship, they must meet with the Student Progress Committee (SPC). The committee reviews the student's records and creates a plan to help them complete their academic program. However, during this phase, the student is under academic probation and must make up for the unsatisfactory course or clerkship through a remediation period. In the event of remediation, students receive a notification from the office of academic affairs.

Although remediation may be a hassle or inconvenience for students, it is often the only choice students have to remain enrolled and continue their studies. In some cases, however, Low academic performance can be caused by multiple issues the school is unaware of in the student's life. In such cases, students may have better chances of success if they receive the guidance of an attorney-advisor. The advisor can assist them in negotiating with a panel if necessary so that they don't have to retake a course and delay their graduation prospects.

Consequences of Dismissal or Expulsion

A temporary or permanent dismissal severely affects an osteopathic medicine student's life. Although some may assume they can start over in another medical school or pick up where they left off, this is often not the case. In this industry, reputation is everything; it also goes back to one's performance in medical school. A dismissal or expulsion sanction causes irreparable damage, which includes:

  • Not being able to attend a new osteopathic medical school
  • Long-term reputation damage
  • Negative career impact
  • Loss of time and effort
  • Inability to pick up where they left off
  • Unexpected financial expenditures and increased debt
  • Loss of scholarships, housing, and privileges

Some students give up entirely after expulsion and seek a new educational and career path. Yet this doesn't have to be the case if you seek the guidance of a professional. With the help of an attorney-advisor, negotiating a less severe sanction is possible. The sooner you speak to a professional, the less likely allegations against you will negatively impact your future.

Contacting an Attorney-Advisor

With so much that can go wrong, the experience of a professional makes a significant difference in your case. But for the most effective chance of success, you must act quickly before the matter escalates and becomes unmanageable. You are still a student, meaning you will make mistakes and learn from them every year you progress. However, some errors are more critical than others. If you're not careful, you may face graduation delays, suspension, or expulsion for a severe transgression or violation.

When this happens, you need the expertise of a skilled Attorney-Advisor who understands what's at stake and stands by your side during this challenging time.

Attorney-Advisor Joseph D. Lento specializes in student defense. With years of experience working with students facing severe sanctions, Advisor Lento works hard for the best possible case outcome. You worked tirelessly and spent countless hours studying to become an osteopathic doctor. Don't let a mistake, lapse in judgment, or out-of-character action ruin your graduation prospects.

If you or someone you care for faces sanctions at NYITCOM, there's still hope. Call the Lento Law Firm today for a thorough consultation at 888-535-3686.