If you're a student at a medical school facing disciplinary action of any kind, it's important to take necessary precautions. Take a step back, make sure that you have a dedicated person in your corner from the start of the process. Do not speak to the school or others without taking the necessary precautions. Too much is at stake. Whatever the disciplinary action may involve, if it involves not meeting academic progress, facing remediation, facing dismissal from medical school, academic integrity issues, Title IX sexual misconduct charges, a medical student has a lot to lose, unfortunately. A medical student can face lesser residency and employment opportunities, reduced career earning potential if the case is not successfully resolved.
Understanding your school's process is key. Your school will have specific provisions as to how a case will be handled. It's important to understand that. It's also important to understand that schools do not always follow their own processes if somebody is not looking out for that. Medical schools are often in a rush to judgment. They do not bear in mind a student's rights and interests and at times they do not play by their own rules. Having an experienced attorney-advisor in your corner from the start can navigate the process, can protect the student's rights and interests, and can potentially help allow for a more favorable outcome.