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Professionalism at Jefferson Medical College

How to Raise a Concern During the Preclinical Years

Professionalism at JMC: Students

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Concerns Regarding Fellow Students

Concerns regarding fellow students are always difficult to broach -- however, as future colleagues, it is important that you feel comfortable dealing with these concerns. As is the case in the preclinical years, the more direct approach is preferred -- however, some situations require a more indirect approach.

  1. Direct Approach
    The Student PCC always recommends talking to your fellow student directly regarding any concerns you may have about his or her professional behavior first before escalating the situation.
    1. If needed, the Student PCC can be available to help mediate such a discussion.

  2. Indirect Approach
    If you feel very uncomfortable approaching your fellow student directly, alternatives are available:
    1. Contact the Student PCC.
    2. If the concern relates to an issue observed within the confines of a specific course, contact your Course Director.
    3. Contact your Dean in the Office of Student Affairs.

Concerns Regarding Faculty

While most professionalism issues that arise in the first two years tend to be with fellow students, it is important to know your options available if you observe something unprofessional at a COPP or Affiliate visit, or in any other interaction with faculty.

  1. Direct Approach
    If you feel comfortable talking directly to the faculty member, you should do so. However, this may be difficult due to the hierarchical nature of medical school.

  2. Indirect Approach
    For concerns dealing with faculty, you have several options for voicing your concerns:
    1. Contact the Course Director (if the concern is about a faculty member in a specific course).
    2. Contact your Dean in the Office of Student Affairs.
    3. Contact the Student PCC.

Contact Your Student PCC

If you continue to have concerns or are uncertain of what to do, please feel free to contact any member of the PCC or the Student PCC as a whole. Every effort is made to respond quickly and efficiently.