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
- A resident may be dismissed "for just cause." Causes for dismissal include, but are
not limited to, the following:
- 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
- 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.
- Failure by the resident to demonstrate, meet or maintain satisfactory levels of academic,
professional, and/or clinical performance required by the residency programs. (See
- 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
- Actions which directly violate any of the terms of the resident agreement of appointment.
- 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.
- The Program Director will present the recommendation for dismissal to the GMEC.
- The GMEC will officially act on the recommendation.
- The GMEC Subcommittee may impose temporary action (e.g., administrative leave) until
the GMEC meets (see Remediation Policy).
- 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.
- 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.
- In the event of dismissal, the resident has the right to appeal the decision in accordance
with the Grievance Procedure.