UCSF School of Medicine

Tracing its origins back to 1864, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is the oldest medical school in the state and the oldest in the western United States. Today, the school is affiliated with the UCSF Medical Center, ranked as the 2nd best hospital in California and 7th best in the U.S.

Given its high ratings, UCSF School of Medicine is understandably selective, accepting only about 2 percent of its applicants. A stellar academic record here can open up many career opportunities; conversely, being disciplined for academic or professional misconduct can have grave repercussions on a medical student's future. An experienced attorney-advisor's involvement can go a long way toward protecting a student's academic and professional record and, by extension, their career.

Student Statement of Principles

In addition to students' responsibilities to honor university policies on student conduct, enrollees at UCSF School of Medicine are expected to adhere to the school's Student Statement of Principles, which detail the academic and professional standards by which all students must abide. The Student Statement of Principles focuses on five pillars:

  • Honesty (both academically and in interactions with faculty and patients)
  • Respect for others
  • Confidentiality
  • Responsibility
  • Expectations of faculty, residents, and fellows

Academic performance and professional behavior are monitored by the Committee on Academic Progress, while the Student Conduct Office investigates general university misconduct issues. Academic and professional violations are taken seriously by the School of Medicine, and the school lays out specific procedures by which such violations are addressed. Suppose the hearing body concludes a student commi