Dismissal Policies | PCOM Graduate Medical Education
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A resident may be dismissed "for just cause." In all cases, however, the resident has the right to appeal the decision in accordance with the Grievance Procedure.

Procedure Steps, Guidelines or Recommendations

  1. A resident may be dismissed "for just cause." Causes for dismissal include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Incapacitating illness, which in the judgment of the resident's Program Director precludes the resident from participation in the graduate medical education program and patient care activities.
    2. Failure by the resident to abide by policies of PCOM’s teaching hospitals, GMEC policies, departmental policies and resident related provisions of the Medical and Bylaws/Rules and Regulations of the teaching hospitals.
    3. Failure by the resident to demonstrate, meet or maintain satisfactory levels of academic, professional, and/or clinical performance required by the residency programs. (See Remediation Policy).
    4. Failure by the resident to comply with licensure, registration or certification requirements and/or failure by the resident to maintain authorization for employment in the United States.
    5. Actions which directly violate any of the terms of the resident agreement of appointment.
    6. Willful or inexcusable breaches of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic  Medicine rules or regulations. Unprofessional conduct or behavior by the resident  who in the opinion of the program director and DIO, interferes with the  performance of the activities provided for under the resident agreement of appointment and/or which are determined by the program director and the DIO to be unsatisfactory for members of PCOM.
  2. The Program Director will present the recommendation for dismissal to the GMEC.
  3. The GMEC will officially act on the recommendation.
  4. The GMEC Subcommittee may impose temporary action (e.g., administrative leave) until the GMEC meets (see Remediation Policy).
  5. The program director will notify the resident of the dismissal decision. The GME office will collect identification badges, keys, and any other facility and records access items as soon as possible.
  6. The designated institutional official (DIO) will notify the program coordinator and direct them to notify appropriate parties to ensure that resident access to electronic medical records and other privileged residency systems is terminated as soon as possible.
  7. In the event of dismissal, the resident has the right to appeal the decision in accordance with the Grievance Procedure.