UC Davis School of Medicine

In 1968, the University of California (UC) Davis School of Medicine was established. Medical school students are entering a concentrated and challenging educational process as a prelude to later joining a very demanding profession. The administration recognizes the importance of technical and scientific skills; however, they also place a tremendous emphasis on character and ethics.

Students enrolled in medical school programs today have a long road ahead. In addition to rigid standards for academic performance that is subject to remediation, each institution maintains guidelines specifically related to professionalism. Medical students with the prospect of serious disciplinary sanctions including suspension and dismissal may end up with less desirable residency options, employment prospects, and reduced earning potential. Having an experienced attorney serving in an advisory role is critical for defending your rights and achieving a positive resolution.

Professionalism Requirements

Students must demonstrate behavior and performance that meets the professional expectations for the practice of medicine. A lapse in professionalism is considered a “deficiency” that breaches University policy and warrants review by the Committee on Student Promotions (CSP). Egregious disciplinary violations or a second professional lapse is grounds for probation and potential dismissal.

Dismissal by Executive Committee

Students may be subject to dismissal from the School of Medicine upon a CSP recommendation to the Executive Committee. The grounds for dismissal are as follows:

  • Academic reasons
    • Getting two or more failing grades in courses
    • Receiving a deficiency while under academic warning or probation for breaching University policy or a lapse of professionalism
    • Receipt of a deficiency while on a “modified curriculum” program
    • Repeatedly failing to pass USMLE examinations
  • Professional lapses
    • Subsequent lapses after being placed on CSP conditions
    • Failure to satisfy remedial expectations in the designated time-frame
    • Egregious violations of student conduct

Following a dismissal, a student may appeal the ruling to the Dean of the School of Medicine in writing within 30 days. The acceptable grounds for appeal include that “factual errors in the record” exist or that there was a failure in procedural regulations.


The CSP is responsible for addressing any deficiencies in the academic performance of students. When concerns become apparent, a student will be issued a formal academic warning. The CSP may take further action by imposing academic probation. Students must retake any course when a failing grade is received.

Advisory Attorney for Medical School Students

Medical school students that are the subject of disciplinary action have too much at stake, as having a clean background is critical in the medical profession. Students may be in remediation for poor academic performance or face violations related to academic integrity. In these situations, it is important to retain seasoned advisory representation to ensure the school's specific disciplinary provisions are properly interpreted and that you are afforded due process.

The leadership at today's medical schools remains devoted to maintaining a superb reputation. The administrators responsible for the disciplinary process may be inclined to haphazardly resolve these matters and impose excessively harsh penalties. Joseph D. Lento is a lawyer that fully understands the potentially adverse repercussions and will support your best interests. Contact the office today at (888) 535-3686.