This policy establishes guidelines for managing conflicts of interest between faculty
and students with regards to assessment. A given faculty member shall not be responsible
for evaluation of a student when there is an unmanageable conflict of interest.
Criminal background checks (CBC) are required for all School of Medicine and Health
Sciences (SMHS) health professionalstudents prior to matriculation, clinical assignment
and/or returning from a leave of absence (LOA).
The University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences recognizes the
educational benefit of a diverse student population and adopted the Cultural Diversity
Tuition Waiver (CDTW) in accordance with North Dakota State Board of Higher Education
Policy 820.1. This waiver is a one year award for tuition support and students must
apply annually for consideration.
The primary purpose of this program is to educate students within the SMHS regarding
the dangers of substance abuse and the consequences of current drug problems. This
program also has a substance abuse deterrence and detection function by screening
covered students for use of prohibited drugs. Drugs prohibited by the SMHS include
those banned by federal, state of North Dakota, and local governments, as well as
institution policy. These drugs include illegal, prescription, over‐the‐counter, experimental,
recreational, or other drugs that have a significant effect upon an individual’s judgment.
Students who are known to have a condition (injury, illness, infection, environmental
disease) that may negatively impact themselves, fellow students, staff, faculty or
patients have a professional obligation to inform and work with UND SMHS faculty to
develop a plan to balance their own health, safety, educational needs and confidentiality
as well as the health and safety of others with whom they may come in contact.
In the event of a bloodborne or biological pathogen exposure,the School of Medicine
& Health Sciences (SMHS) students will follow the SMHS Student Bloodborne and Biological
Pathogen Exposure Management Plan. The student’s responsibility is to immediately
inform their instructor, clinical site supervisor and / or preceptor. Students are
required to comply with the reporting requirements, incur the charges of their bloodborne
or biological pathogen exposure testing, and complete follow‐up recommendations given
by their health care provider.
Any student enrolled in an academic degree‐ or certificate‐granting program or taking
a course(s) at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences shall be provided the
opportunity to seek redress on decisions made concerning the student's academic performance
and/or professional behavior or on decisions made on the basis of any policies or
procedures thought by the student to be unfair by initiating an academic grievance.
The term “academic grievance” is defined as: A statement expressing a complaint, resentment,
or accusation lodged by a student about an academic circumstance (such as grading,
testing, quality of instruction), which is thought by the student to be unfair (UND Code of Student Life).
For purposes of this policy, professional behavior includes any behavioral component
of academic performance defined by a profession as necessary for individuals to function
as competent, honest, safe, and ethical professionals. Individual programs may further
define specific expectations for professional behavior. Therefore, an "academic grievance”
at the SMHS may also include: A statement expressing a complaint, resentment or accusation
lodged by a student regarding a decision made regarding a student’s professional behavior,
which is thought by the student to be unfair.
Any person who believes that he or she is a victim of discrimination, either individually
or as a member of a class as defined by the University’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Policy (UND Code of Student Life), may initiate grievance procedures as outlined
in the UND Code of Student Life. If a person brings a grievance in which discrimination
is alleged, along with an academic grievance, the discrimination complaint will be
dealt with simultaneously.
In all circumstances, it is the responsibility of each student in the School of Medicine
& Health Sciences to abide by the policies and procedures of the University of North
Dakota as well as those described in the appropriate department or program.
This policy describes the technical standards required for students in the health
professions of medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant,
medical laboratory science, athletic training and public health. The University of
North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (UND SMHS) has a responsibility
to society to graduate the best possible healthcare providers. All health profession
graduates of this institution must use professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes
to function in a wide variety of health care settings and to render a wide spectrum
of patient care. The technical standards are designed to ensure the graduation of
capable, well rounded and appropriately trained health care providers. (Each professional
program may have additional technical standards specific to the requirements of the
program.) In order to fulfill this responsibility, UND SMHS has established six areas
of competency that must be sufficiently developed to participate in, and to graduate
from a health profession’s program.
"The teacher-learner relationship should be based on mutual trust, respect and responsibility.
This relationship should be carried out in a professional manner in a learning environment
that places strong focus on education, high quality patient care and ethical conduct"
(the AMA section on Medical Schools in cooperation with the AMA Student and Resident
Sections and reflects the policy of the SMHS).
Any student who fails to satisfactorily complete the academic requirements of two
of the four blocks of the year one curriculum in a single academic year will be dismissed
from the medical education program of the SMHS. Such a dismissal shall be automatic
and without consideration by the MSAPC. Such a dismissal may be appealed to the Dean.
Duty hours shall not exceed 80 hours per week (including in house call activities).
Students shall be provided with, on average, one 24 hour period off each week. Adequate
time for rest and recreational activities shall be provided. In-house call shall not
average more frequently than every third night, over a rotation. Duty hours in the
hospital or clinic setting shall not exceed 24 consecutive hours, including hours
spent sleeping while on in-house call if less than four hours. There are no exceptions.
In Years 1 and 2 of the curriculum, students who have received a score on an examination
consistent with an “Unsatisfactory” grade will have the opportunity to submit a written
challenge for a limited number of questions that the student thinks were scored incorrectly.
A medical student shall have the continuing responsibility to comply with federal
and state laws; rules and regulations of the University of North Dakota, the School
of Medicine & Health Sciences and its individual departments, affiliated hospitals
and other medical institutions; and other applicable guidelines.
Student academic performance is determined on the basis of achievement in a course.
The curriculum will be criterion-referenced and evaluations will be based on stated
learning objectives. Students must achieve the satisfactory criterion level established
by the faculty and presented to all students at the beginning of each course.
Students in the fourth year of medical school may not choose more than two electives
in a given sub-specialty area unless they wish to forgo a vacation month in which
case they may take three. However, a student may not take more than a total of four
electives in a given specialty area. This excludes required courses.
The Medical Student Academic Performance Committee functions as a disciplinary and
educational body and not as a court of law. It is the responsibility of the MSAPC
and its Chairperson to adjudicate and, where necessary, hold hearings concerning issues
of academic performance.
Promotion from one educational level of the curriculum to the next is based on a student
satisfactorily meeting the academic performance standards for the previous level.
Graduation from the program with the granting of the M.D. degree is based on a student
satisfactorily meeting the academic performance standards established by the faculty
of the SMHS and passing of the USMLE step examinations.
Satisfactory performance in individual courses, does not guarantee that the student’s
performance, viewed as a whole, will meet requirements for awarding the M.D. degree.
The School of Medicine & Health Sciences requires that all newly admitted medical
students to provide the SMHS with certification from a health care provider or other
acceptable evidence that the student has received immunizations. The immunizations
are presented in three categories: required; strongly recommended; and special requirements.
All required immunizations must be either documented or immune status to the disease
must be verified prior to matriculation, with the exception of Hepatitis B.
The medical students from LCME and non-LCME accredited medical schools may enroll
in fourth year electives at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health
Sciences, if appropriate criteria are met including but not limited to availability
of an elective site. Students from other medical schools may enroll in elective clinical
experiences when it will not negatively impact the education of UND SMHS medical students.
Students in the first and second years of medical school must notify the Office of
Student Affairs and Admissions if they are absent or plan to be absent from, or late
for, required portions of the curriculum. Granting of an excused absence will be at
the discretion of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions based on various
student characteristics and curricular elements. Failure to obtain an excused absence
through appropriate procedures will result in a letter of unprofessional behavior
in the student file, more than one letter during the student tenure shall lead to
a hearing of the MSAPC.
The success of students in their clinical years largely depends on active and consistent
participation. One must be present in order to take full advantage of each learning
opportunity. Any absence from clinical rotations may significantly dilute the effectiveness
of that particular learning activity and may also reduce the level of trust between
the preceptor and the student. As a result, and consistent with the University of
North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences professional behavior policy, as
well as, the teacher-learner policy, students are expected to be present and to participate
in all clinical activities.
In the pre-clerkship phase of the medical curriculum, blocks 1-8 of Years 1 and 2,
the scheduled time in a block for required activities, shall average no more than
28 hours/week. The primary responsibility for monitoring and enforcing this Policy
rests with the Biomedical Sciences Curriculum Subcommittee, acting under the oversight
of the Medical Curriculum Committee.
Medical students participating in UND SMHS clinical rotations must be provided with
supervision appropriate to their level of training and asked to perform at a corresponding
level of independence. This includes presence of a supervising physician or appropriately
supervised resident in person or on-site as is appropriate to the task being completed
by the student.