Professional Accountability

Process for reporting issues with behaviors/professionalism: such as non-participation, disrupting of the learning environment or any behaviors that do not follow the Medical Student Code of Honor.

Teachers document on small group evaluation form if in small group activity (all students):

  1. Teacher reports problem to course director.
  2. First occurrence (alerted by small group evaluation or teacher concern): Course director meets with student and notifies College Masters (CMs) of concern.
  3. Second occurrence: Course director forwards to CMs who meets with the student to discuss early trend.
  4. Third occurrence: CMs send student to Associate Dean for Student Affairs (ADSA) to discuss.


  1. Course director notifies the College Masters when he/she meets with a student for an initial complaint by email (in writing).
  2. CMs will review any and all advisory sessions at the end of the semester for professionalism comments and discuss negative trends with the student to plan ways for student to change behaviors. (This meeting should be documented.)   Students are encouraged to meet with their CMs each semester to review their progress and this would be one aspect included in that meeting.
  3. At the end of year one and two, the student’s CMs will review all professionalism comments and give a summary of the student’s progress to date in professionalism (end of year professionalism report). For year one, this will be a formative report so that the student knows what areas need improvement. For year two, this will be a summative comment that will be included in the Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE or Dean’s letter) that is distributed to residency application sites. Students may challenge comments in their portfolio by following Challenging Student Grades Policy.

Please see TTUHSC El Paso Student Handbook: Student Code Section D “Misconduct” and Section E “Other Professional and Ethical School Standards”.