Step 1 - Discussion between resident and program director
A resident that is suspended or receives a notice of recommended dismissal has ten
calendar days after receiving written notice of such action to appeal the decision
to the program director or his/her designee. Upon receipt of the appeal, the program
director or his/her designee will arrange to meet with the resident normally within
five calendar days. The resident will be informed in writing within five calendar
days following the meeting of the decision regarding the appeal.
Step 2 - Discussion between resident and DIO
Same as Step 2 in Level I above except that the DIO’s decision may be reviewed according
to Step 3.
Step 3 - Hearing before appeals committee
If the decision of the DIO is not deemed satisfactory, the resident may then request
a hearing by filing a written request with the DIO within seven calendar days after
receiving a copy of the decision of the DIO. Upon receiving the request for a hearing,
the DIO will schedule a meeting of the Appeals Committee.
A hearing shall be held not less than 14 days or more than 28 calendar days from the
date of the resident physician’s request for a hearing. The DIO shall notify the resident
physician of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The resident may meet with
the Appeals Committee or may waive the right. The resident has the right to present
witnesses before the Appeals Committee. A member of the Appeals Committee has the
right of recusal from the hearing, the DIO at that time will select another Faculty
Member to fill that temporary vacancy.
At the conclusion of the hearing, it will be the responsibility of the Chair of the
Appeals Committee to inform the DIO and resident physician, in writing, of the recommendations.
This will normally be done within seven calendar days following the hearing. If there
is no appeal, this decision is final.
Step 4 - Review of recommendations by the appeals committee
If the resident is not satisfied with the written recommendations of the Appeals Committee
the resident is entitled to request a review of the recommendations by the Provost,
who acts as an agent of the Board of Trustees of PCOM.
A written request for review should be submitted to the DIO, within seven calendar
days of receipt of the Appeals Committee recommendations. The Provost, PCOM will review
the information and notify the DIO, Chair of the Appeals Committee, the resident’s
Program Director, and the resident of his decision within seven calendar days. The
decision of the Provost will be final.