State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

The SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Medicine was among the first U.S. medical schools that were founded by a hospital and this integration has been a basis for success. The institutional leadership is committed to maintaining high standards of conduct and performance in academics, research, training, and patient care. The environment is one that is characterized by inclusiveness, respect, and diversity.

The standards regarding behavior and integrity for students in medical school are high. Students must satisfy certain requirements for academic performance and professional conduct. Because of the risks involved, medical students faced with academic remediation or disciplinary actions must take appropriate action. This may include discussing the concern with family members and securing an attorney-adviser to provide guidance and support.

Examples of Deficiencies in Professionalism

  • Failing to admit responsibility for errors or shortcomings
  • A failure to recognize or acknowledge personal or professional limitations
  • Demonstrating a lack of sensitivity for the needs or feelings of patients or peers

The College of Medicine requires that ethical standards and professional responsibility are demonstrated by all students. Violations of the Student Honor Code are not acceptable and disciplinary measures will be taken as needed. The Student Handbook defines the expectations for conduct when interacting with faculty, staff, peers, and others in the community.


Dismissal may be appropriate for more than two-course failures, unprofessional conduct, or a pattern of “clinical incompetence.” Any student that has a second violation related to academic dishonesty is subject to dismissal from the institution. For dismissal, the Academic Promotions Committee must have five of the eight voting members in support of the decision. Students are given written notice of the appeals process.


All students are evaluated at four “gateway” points at SUNY and must demonstrate satisfactory performance to continue their promotion. Academic deficiencies are subject to remediation, which are “individually tailored” based on the concerns and have a detailed plan of action. Students with two-course failures are subject to academic probation and are assigned a mentor from the faculty. If remediation is unsuccessful, students will be referred to Academic Support Services and will be required to repeat the year or maybe dismissed.

Experienced Attorney Offer Effective Advisory Representation for Medical Students

Institutions of medical education must confirm that future medical professionals satisfy the high standards for integrity and professionalism. Students who are deficient academically are subject to remediation. Those faced with disciplinary allegations also must take decisive action to maintain clean records and transcripts. Medical school students have typically made a substantial investment of time and resources toward their educational goals; therefore, too much is at stake when facing suspension or dismissal from an institution.

Students can ill afford to have information in their records and transcripts that suggest they are prone to misconduct or lack integrity. This could prevent your admission to another medical school and limit your residency and employment options. Having an advisory attorney for assistance is essential to ensure you are treated equitably and your best interests are acknowledged. Contact attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm today for additional information at (888) 535-3686.

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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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