United States Medical Student Dismissals

You worked hard to get to medical school, and you'll work even harder to get through it. With such a heavy and challenging course load, the average medical student must endure long nights of studying, many lectures, and endless hours of clinicals. 

Potentially being dismissed from medical school is your worst nightmare after all the work you've put in. And the majority of the time, it is life events that you can't control that have kept you off your A-game. The good news is that medical schools afford you the option of contesting decisions that could prevent you from getting your M.D. via the appeals process.

An appeal is a request to overturn an academic decision, like a dismissal, made by the school. With the help of an attorney, you can craft a compelling and effective appeal to convince your school that the determination is unfair and that you deserve to continue your education at that institution. 

Grounds for an Appeal

An appeal will only be considered for review by your school if it is submitted within the deadline and if it is based on good reason. These reasons are referred to as “grounds.” Being dissatisfied with a grade, or a clinical evaluation isn't a reasonable ground for an appeal. The majority of schools are receptive to two permissible grounds in an appeal request: extenuating circumstances and improper conduct. 

Extenuating Circumstances

Students can appeal on extenuating circumstances if they've experienced an inevitable life event that has hindered their academic progression. Some reasonable examples of extenuating circumstances are:

  • Medical or psychological issues: You suffer from depression or from a debilitating injury that has prevented you from staying on top of your studies.
  • Family crisis: Perhaps a family member or close friend has fallen ill or died, and the time that you used to dedicated to school is now occupied with making arrangements, taking care of a loved one, or grieving.
  • Financial issues: You lost your job or a main source of income and aren't sure about how you're going to make ends meet - whether that means paying your bills or paying tuition. 

Improper Conduct

A student can successfully appeal on this ground when mistakes have been made by school staff, or school guidelines have been incorrectly applied to your case. For example, let's say the school's decision to dismiss you was premature according to the code of conduct, or the evaluations were biased. These are examples of improper conduct. 

It's important to note that each institution has its own specific set of guidelines pertaining to appeal criteria, requests, and deadlines. To make sure your appeal is reviewed, you should locate your school's guidelines in the code of conduct and operate accordingly.  

United States Student Rights Attorney

You've worked hard to get to medical school, don't just let it slip through your fingers. Take advantage of your right to challenge your school's dismissal by requesting an appeal. If you feel like the grounds mentioned above apply to your case, you should consult with an experienced attorney. 

Legal professional Joseph D. Lento has worked with students who aspire to practice in a broad range of industries and understands how to maximize the likelihood of an appeal. Contact him today at 888-535-3686.

Contact Us Today!

Footer 2

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 our offices today, and let us help secure your academic career.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations – the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, and Northampton County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.

Menu