All mistreatment is of serious concern at this institution and is strictly prohibited. The institution does not tolerate retaliation of any kind for reports of mistreatment. It is the policy of the Medical Center and the School of Medicine to maintain an educational environmental and workplace free from any type of mistreatment. The School of Medicine recognizes that in some instances, the perception of the individual who believes he or she was mistreated and the intent of the other person(s) involved are conflicting. Whatever the circumstance, students who believe they were mistreated are strongly encouraged to bring it to the attention of appropriate institutional officials (see below). Categories of mistreatment include general mistreatment, discrimination and sexual harassment.
The individual considering making a report of general mistreatment should first, if at all possible, attempt to resolve the matter directly with the alleged offender. Students may consult the associate dean for student affairs and/or the vice dean for medical education at any time for assistance. Such informal consultation always will be confidential, unless precluded by safety of the student or institutional policy. Students have the right to report such incidents without fear of retribution or retaliation. General mistreatment comes in many forms, including but not limited to verbal abuse, public humiliation, intentional neglect, assignment of tasks in retaliation, belittlement and unreasonable/intentional exclusion from an educational opportunity. For conduct to violate this policy and be considered general mistreatment, it must be more than merely offensive; it must be so objectively offensive and/or repeated, pervasive or severe that it effectively denies the victim access to UMMC’s resources and opportunities, unreasonably interferes with the victim’s environment or deprives the victim of some other protected right. Formal complaints of general mistreatment regarding faculty, residents and staff are made through the associate dean for student affairs and/or the vice dean for medical education to the director of human resources or the assistant director for equal employment opportunity. Formal complaints of general mistreatment regarding other students are handled through the School of Medicine’s Policy on Professional Behavior and made through the associate dean for student affairs and/or the vice dean for medical education. All formal complaints must be in writing and will be investigated. The institution investigates and responds to all reported incidents in a timely fashion.
Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act and their implementing regulations, no individual may be discriminated against solely on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. Allegations of discrimination (in any category) against a student must be reported immediately through the associate dean for student affairs and/or the vice dean for medical education to the director of human resources.
UMMC prohibits sexual misconduct in any form, including sexual assault or sexual abuse, sexual harassment and other forms of nonconsensual sexual conduct. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities. It is the position of UMMC that sexual misconduct in any form will not be excused or tolerated. Criminal, civil and university disciplinary processes are available to a student or employee with a complaint. UMMC is committed to prompt, effective and fair procedures to investigate and adjudicate reports of sexual misconduct and to the education of the university community about the importance of responding to all forms of sexual misconduct. Special emphasis is placed on the rights, needs and privacy of the student or employee with the complaint, as well as the rights of the accused. At the same time, UMMC adheres to all federal, state and local requirements for intervention and crime reporting related to sexual misconduct. Students who believe they have been a victim of sexual misconduct are encouraged to contact the associate dean for student affairs and should submit a complaint against the accused in writing or in person to the Title IX coordinator, Office of Human Resources, (601) 815-5150. Students also are encouraged to immediately contact the UMMC Police Department (601) 815-7777 and/or call 911 if they have been sexually assaulted and to seek immediate medical attention. Students should seek medical attention even if they do not wish to pursue criminal charges or otherwise pursue a complaint against their alleged attacker. Students are strongly encouraged to read the entire UMMC Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedure (Title IX) for Students and Employees at https://www.umc.edu/Education/Academic_Affairs/Current_Students/Mistreatment_Policy.aspx.
Each of the policies below should be communicated to the students in the course syllabus.
Duty hours are defined as all scheduled clinical and academic activities related to the training program, i.e., patient care (both inpatient and out-patient), administrative duties related to patient care, the provision for transfer of patient care, time spent in-house during call activities, and scheduled academic activities such as conferences. Duty hours do not include reading and preparation time spent away from the duty site.
Scheduled duty hours are limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a four-week period, inclusive of all in-house activities.
Students are to be provided with one day in seven free from responsibilities to the program, averaged over a four-week period, inclusive of call and free from all clinical, educational, and administrative activities (other than reading and preparation time). One day is defined as one calendar day.
Students should have 10 hours free of duty and must have 8 hours off between Scheduled Duty Periods.
The objective of on-call activities is to provide students with continuity of patient care experiences throughout a 24-hour period. In-house call is defined as those duty hours beyond the normal workday when students are required to be immediately available in the assigned institution.
Documentation of Duty Hours
The Curriculum committee approved policy on May 23, 2019.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center is dedicated to medical education and to providing excellent care for our patients. To fulfill this mission, it is recognized that students must participate in rendering services to patients. Students will be supervised at all times to protect the students and the safety of the patients. This document outlines the guidelines whereby the attending staff or their designee will provide supervision of students in the various settings of this institution.
Supervision consists of two specific levels: Direct Supervision and Indirect Supervision.
Medical students are learners and are not licensed to provide independent patient care. At all times, the supervising attending physician retains medical and legal responsibility for the patient’s care and is ultimately responsible for the evaluation and management of the patient.
It is the responsibility of the supervising faculty to ensure all their designees, residents, fellows, and other licensed practitioners are appropriately prepared for their roles for teaching and supervision of medical students within their scope of practice. Some of the day-to-day supervision of medical students may be delegated to the appropriately prepared designee at the discretion of the supervising faculty. However, the supervising attending physician retains full responsibility for the supervision of the medical students assigned to them during their clinical rotation.
Medical students may participate in the care and management of a patient including invasive and noninvasive procedures under the supervision of an attending physician or their designee. The degree of supervision should take into account the complexity of the procedure, the potential for adverse effects, and the competency of the student to ensure the safety and comfort of the patient.
The physician and or their designee must have privileges to perform the procedure being supervised.
Approved by the Curriculum Committee on February 22, 2018.
Students enrolled in the School of Medicine must develop the professional behaviors expected of a physician. Students will be evaluated in the areas of attentiveness, maturity, cooperation, responsibility, personal appearance, respect (for authority, peers, patients and other members of the health care team), communication, judgment, ethics, honesty, morality, as well as other characteristics of professionalism important for a career in medicine.
Medical students will encounter a number of people who will note their behaviors. These observers may report compliments or concerns related to the professional behavior of a student through verbal, written, or other reporting mechanisms. Examples of report sources include: faculty members, residents, nurses, other health care providers, other medical center employees, medical school peers, patients, or patient’s family members. Reports of exemplary professional or unprofessional behaviors or concerns should be made to the assistant or associate dean for student affairs or the assistant or associate dean for medical education. (Approved by SOM Executive Faculty February 22, 2005; Revised July 30, 2019)
A medical student may request an alternative preceptor assignment by emailing the course director or course coordinator for the involved clerkship. The requests are approved on a case-by-case basis. Changes are granted when the medical student and preceptor are mismatched or if the student’s housing options are inadequate. Medical students should be made aware of this process during clerkship orientation. Under no circumstance will a student be allowed to remain in a hostile work environment.
The health professionals who provide health services, including psychiatric/psychological counseling, to a medical student have no involvement in the academic assessment or promotion of the medical student receiving those services. A reminder has been appended to all clinical evaluations for faculty members who have provided such care to recuse themselves.
If these items are brought to the examination, the proctor may take them and store them in the room until the student finishes the examination. The proctor and/or UMMC are not responsible for items left with the proctor as that is neither the primary function nor focus of the proctor during examinations. Individual departments may impose other restrictions not detailed above. In such case, these restrictions are detailed in their respective course syllabi. The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) provides specific instruction for the administration of the Subject National Board Examinations that are used by the School of Medicine. You will be informed of these instructions prior to the start of these examinations and are required to adhere to those instructions. Non-adherence to this policy in the School of Medicine will be considered to be unprofessional behavior on the part of the student and will be reviewed in accordance with the Policy on Professional Behavior.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 allows students to challenge the contents of their educational records on the basis of accuracy. Students who request that information be amended or deleted from their records on the basis of incorrect information should first file their request with the official primarily responsible for the information. If the matter is not resolved to their satisfaction, students may request a formal hearing before an appropriate institutional body or consult Section 99.36 of the law’s regulations for additional grievance procedures. The registrar will furnish a copy of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 upon request. Notification of rights guaranteed under PL 93380 and policies and procedures pertaining to educational records is provided to all students through this catalog section, by a memorandum distributed at the time of registration and in the orientation sessions for the school year.