Code of Professional Conduct

Medical Student Handbook: Other Codes and Policies for Students

The professional development of medical students is an essential part of medical education. Students are expected to meet the School of Medicine standards of professional behavior as part of their professional development. The Code of Student Professionalism outlines the expectations and the consequences for lapses in professionalism.

Students are also expected to adhere to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Code - Title 2, Chapter 10, Section 10.2.1: Prohibited Conduct; as well as all Rules of Conduct and Procedures for Students of the Nevada System of Higher Education - Title 2, Chapter 10.

Student Honor Code

All School of Medicine students are expected to instill and promote the qualities and characteristics contained within the School of Medicine Student Honor Pledge, which each student makes upon matriculation to medical school at the White Coat Ceremony.

Academic Dishonesty

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine defines academic dishonesty in accordance with UNR's Academic Standards Policy for Students. A student found to have cheated on any academic test will be subject to automatic failure of the course. Students will be referred to SPCC. Disciplinary action up to and including dismissal may be recommended by the SPCC and presented for approval by the School of Medicine Dean. If SPCC approves continued active student status the student will be placed on probation. If the student is permitted to repeat the course, the highest grade he/she can receive is a Pass. A second infraction related to academic dishonesty will result in dismissal.

Patient Care

Patient care infractions include falsifying or knowingly omitting pertinent information, lying regarding patient care, and/or conscious HIPPA violations. Students who commit an infraction will be referred to SPCC. Disciplinary action up to and including dismissal may be recommended by the SPCC and presented for approval by the Dean. If SPCC approves continued active student status, the student will be placed on probation. A second infraction related to patient care will result in dismissal.

Standardized Patient Education Program Confidentiality Policy

Case content obtained during Standardized Patient encounters may not be shared by students, faculty, or staff with persons outside of the encounters or exam rooms. Sharing such information diminishes the educational experience.

Accordingly, this policy of confidentiality applies to all courses and specifically to include CRIM, IPC II, CPS II, POM, and courses that use Standardized Patient cases or the DxR computer assisted instruction program with regards to case content. Students, faculty, and staff involved with these courses and corresponding cases are to comply with this policy.

As to all the clinical, basic science, patient history and communication content of every School of Medicine Standardized Patient case being portrayed during the current and past academic years, students are expected to maintain patient confidentiality and treat these cases as though the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are applicable. The case content is not to be disclosed in any form outside of the actual student and patient encounter or examination sessions.

This requirement of confidentiality does not apply to faculty and staff working directly with case content for the purpose of creating, revising or otherwise preparing content for use in formative encounters or student examinations.

Violations of this policy will be considered academic dishonesty and will be referred to the Student Honor Council and/or the SPCC.