Upon acceptance into the College of Medicine, the student enters the Profession of Medicine and has, in effect, been singularly entrusted with the future of medical care and with proper provision of services to mankind. The Profession of Medicine is one of honor and dignity. In our society physicians are entrusted with health, life, and the well being of humanity. It is an expectation that this trust will be earned and that the pursuit of knowledge, as in the care of patients, will be done to the best of one's ability and with honesty to self and to others.
Integrity and honor are expected of the student in medicine; indeed, demanded. This implies the expectation of a high level of performance, of thorough and continued dedication to learning, and of the development of humane attitudes. Ethical standards and appropriate conduct are essentials to the Profession of Medicine.
A code of conduct for students must be both implicit and explicit. Implicit is the development of those attitudes and behaviors which reflect the dedication of one's energies to the humane understanding and care of others. Explicit are those behaviors which reflect the integrity expected at all levels of the profession.
Violations of the code of conduct such as cheating, stealing, falsification of records, or improper, insensitive approaches to patients and others are clearly unacceptable. A person who violates the code of conduct shall be subject to dismissal or some lesser disciplinary action as the facts of the situation may warrant including: suspension, probation, loss of privileges, reprimand or warning; and any other sanction determined appropriate by the Adjudication Board. Convictions in the courts for a felony offense may similarly lead to dismissal from the profession or its educational institutions.
Attitude is best affected at a student level and the students are expected to assume both individual and group responsibility for the avoidance of any question placed on their integrity. Allegations that cannot be resolved by faculty or students on an informal basis may be judged by the Adjudication Board and shall be referred to the Dean who shall have final responsibility for action.
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March 3, 2011