University of Connecticut School of Medicine

The first students arrived at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1968. The school's primary mission is “excellent care through research, education, and engagement”. Students are expected to meet a host of expectations including exceptional academic performance, a high level of professionalism, and the utmost integrity. These guidelines are contained within the Academic Policies and Procedures Manual developed by the Office of Academic Educational Affairs.

The vast majority of leading institutions require all students to achieve high academic standards and most also place equal importance on professional behavior in concerning patients, faculty, and others in the community. Students that fail to meet institutional standards for academic performance and professional conduct are subject to remediation and possible dismissal. Medical students that are facing disciplinary consequences should confer with an attorney-advisor, as the ramifications may harm your future.

Common Lapses of Professionalism

  • Falsifying, misrepresenting, or inaccurately documenting records and reports
  • Responding is a defensive manner to objective evaluations or constructive criticism
  • Failing to compassionately and respectfully engage with others

The University's Code of Professionalism contains the expectations for behavior among those pursuing a career in medicine. Incidents of inappropriate conduct are reported to the School of Medicine Incident Report Triage (PIRT). The student will meet with the PIRT Committee and a report is compiled and possibly then the student will be referred to the Professionalism Review Board (PRB) for possible sanctioning.

Dismissal

Students who are found to have committed significant violations of the professionalism standards or the Honor Code as a result of an investigative hearing may face sanctions including suspension or expulsion. The standard of evidence used is by clear and convincing evidence.

Remediation

Students must be in good academic standing for promotion and graduation. Those who fail to meet the standards are placed on either an academic watch or academic warning. Students who receive an academic warning are in jeopardy of having to repeat an academic term.

Remediation efforts may involve repeating a single course based on the circumstances. The University has both internal and external resources available for those subject to remediation and a leave of absence may be appropriate in some instances. Those who are unable to properly meet standards in remediation may be subject to dismissal from the institution.

Experienced Attorney Offers Advisory Assistance for Medical School Students

Professionalism and integrity are fundamental attributes for those seeking to practice medicine. Medical schools have clear expectations for student behavior in the classroom and beyond. Students with a history of adverse disciplinary actions such as being suspended or dismissed are at a disadvantage. These individuals are likely to have fewer residency options, employment opportunities, and reduced earning potential.

Medical school students cannot afford to be suspended or dismissed for professional misconduct, poor academic performance, or a lack of academic integrity. Busy administrators that are responsible for the disciplinary process may rush to judgment without properly recognizing a student's right to due process. Attorney Joseph D. Lento understands the possible consequences involved and encourages you to contact the office at (888) 535-3686 for more information.

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

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