University of Michigan Medical School

The University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) was originally founded back in 1850 and has been a pioneer in medical education and research ever since. The Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities explains that those in the University community must demonstrate “high standards of conduct.” Designated members of the administration may make interventions and impose sanctions when students fail to demonstrate a commitment to excellence.

Medical school students have begun a long journey in pursuit of a career in medicine. Students are expected to adhere to rigid standards for academic performance that are subject to remediation and demonstrate overall professionalism. Those who are the subject of serious disciplinary sanctions including suspension and dismissal are likely to face less desirable residency opportunities, employment options, and a reduced earning potential. Choosing a seasoned attorney to serve in an advisory role is critical for protecting your rights and reaching a positive resolution.

Common Breaches of Professionalism

  • Failing to properly and reliably handle responsibilities
  • A failure to demonstrate a personal commitment to honor patient needs
  • Insufficiently building rapport or empathy

Professionalism is a key component within the UMMS Medical Student Competencies. Students are to exhibit compassion for patients and maintain professionalism in “organizational and interpersonal relationships.” A Resolution Coordinator (RC) responds to complaints and may recommend a more informal adaptable resolution or appear before a resolution panel.

Dismissal (Permanent Separation from UMMS)

The UMMS Honor Council in conjunction with the Associate Dean for Medical Student Education handles potential violations of the honor code, irresponsible actions, and other acts lacking professionalism. Dismissal is generally reserved for situations where the student does not accept responsibility for their actions, has demonstrated persistent misconduct, or in cases of grievous acts. Students may appeal decisions by either the Competency Committee (for academic performance-related issues) or Hearing Committee to the Medical Executive Committee.

Remediation

The Competency Committee is responsible for creating remediation programs for students with academic deficiencies. Students are potentially subject to direct dismissal after incurring two academic warnings when recommended by the Committee or when three academic warnings are accumulated. Direct dismissal may also apply in cases where students show an inability to complete the remediation process within the agreed-upon time limitations.

Experienced Advisory Attorney for Medical School Students

Medical students that face potential disciplinary actions have too much at stake and maintaining a clean background is very important in the medical profession. Students that are required to enter remediation for under-performing academically, incur violations for lacking academic integrity, and other issues should promptly confer with an attorney. Experienced advisory representation ensures that your school's unique disciplinary provisions are properly interpreted and that you are afforded all rights of due process.

The leadership at the centers for medical education and research today are devoted to maintaining an impeccable image. Faculty administrators that manage the disciplinary process may be motivated to swiftly resolve these matters and impose disproportionately harsh penalties. Joseph D. Lento is an attorney with a firm understanding of the potentially adverse repercussions and will support your best interests. Contact the office today at (888) 535-3686. 

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