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Academic Policies and Professional Standards

Medical students are preparing for a career that demands the highest standards of honor, ethics, and professional behavior and appearance. It is expected that medical students will conduct themselves according to these standards. Any individual who enrolls in the Indiana University School of Medicine voluntarily places himself/herself under the rules and regulations of the University, the School, and affiliated hospitals, and agrees to abide by them. Therefore, students should familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations affecting them. IUSM students sign the Honor Code upon matriculation.

The School of Medicine faculty has established policies and procedures in compliance with the Accreditation Standards of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Policies on professional standards have been adopted by the School of Medicine in place of IU Code of Student Ethics, Parts II, III, and IV. Students should refer to the following resources, available in the Dean's Office for Medical Student Affairs, for additional information regarding academic and professional standards: School of Medicine Bulletin; IU Code of Student Ethics, Parts I and V (the School of Medicine is exempt from Parts II, III, and IV in accordance with Faculty Council and Board of Trustees action on May 4, 1990); and the Indiana University Academic Handbook. Assessment of student achievement of academic and professional standards is an academic decision; therefore, legal representation for any party is not permitted during faculty consideration.

Policy Statement on Medical Students and Care of Patients

Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) develops physicians committed to a lifetime of service to the health needs of individuals. Such service demands adherence to the highest standards of professional conduct and behavior. In this context,

  1. Faculty, medical students, and graduate medical students have a responsibility to provide care to all assigned patients, regardless of diagnosis.
  2. Faculty members have a special responsibility to set an example for the standards of ethical behavior and attitudes related to the practice of medicine.
  3. Medical students will be properly trained in Standard Precautions and Transmissions-Based Precautions prior to providing care, under proper supervision, to all assigned patients.
  4. Failure to accept such responsibility is contrary to the ethics inherent in the practice of medicine.

IUSM has the responsibility to help address fears and prejudices that faculty, students, and other personnel in the School of Medicine may have. Thus, to carry out this responsibility, IUSM will

  1. Provide accurate information to applicants regarding personal risks inherent in the practice of medicine.
  2. Provide training in accepted measures to prevent exposure to or transmission of infectious agents in health care settings.
  3. Provide additional education and counseling to those individuals apprehensive about participating in educational programs or patient care activities.
  4. Provide appropriate equipment to minimize the risk of infection with infectious agents.
  5. Ensure that policies exist to monitor adherence to institutional guidelines for prevention and infection control.
  6. Ensure that procedures are established in the event of accidental exposure.

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