University of Massachusetts Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMSS) was established in 1962 in Worcester. The UMSS is committed to excellence in education, research, and patient satisfaction. The community is focused on a “shared vision for the common good.” Students are expected to exhibit the utmost integrity in their choices and adhere to high ethical standards.

Leading institutions medical education requires all students to achieve high academic standards; however, they tend to place equal importance on professional behavior when relating to patients, faculty, and others in the community. Students who fail to satisfy institutional standards for academic performance and professional conduct are subject to remediation and possible dismissal. Medical students that are facing disciplinary penalties should promptly consult with an attorney-advisor, as the ramifications may significantly impact your future.

Common Lapses of Professionalism

  • Falsifying, misrepresenting, or inaccurately recording actions and reports
  • Responding defensively to objective evaluation or constructive criticism
  • Failing to compassionately and respectfully interact with others

The UMMS Guidelines for Professional Behavior explain that students are expected to maintain a professional demeanor. A key component of this goal is to accurately self-reflect and respond appropriately to supervision and feedback. Students are to show they are dependable and willing to take initiative.

If a student potentially violates the Honor Code, this information may be self-reported or reported by staff, faculty, or peers. These matters are handled by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs (ADSA) and an Honor Board that consists of seven individuals. Students that are summoned before the Honor Board may be accompanied by an adviser and may themselves testify and have witness testimony heard.

Dismissal

Following a hearing, the Honor Board will deliberate to reach a decision. Depending on the circumstances, they may order remediation or sanctions that may include suspension or dismissal. Dismissal is generally appropriate for extreme forms of misconduct or persistent lapses in professionalism. Students wishing to appeal an adverse decision must notify the administration within 10 days.

Remediation

The remediation process will involve “clear expectations for outcomes” and include an appropriate time frame and the consequences for failing to achieve the objectives. Students who fail to meet academic standards may be required to repeat all or a portion of a course. Subsequent failure to achieve the minimum academic standards will result in more severe sanctions.

Experienced Lawyer Provides Advisory Assistance for Medical School Students

Tremendous emphasis is placed on professional conduct and integrity among those practicing medicine. Medical schools subscribe to these lofty expectations for their students as well. Students with adverse information contained in their records or transcripts such as a suspension are at a distinct disadvantage. These individuals may have fewer residency options, employment opportunities, and more limited earning potential.

Medical students can ill afford to be suspended or expelled for acts of professional misconduct, poor academic performance, or a lack of academic integrity. Overworked institutional administrators may rush to judgment without properly considering a student's right to due process. Attorney Joseph D. Lento understands the potential consequences involved; therefore, you are encouraged to contact the office today at (888) 535-3686 for additional information. 

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