Code of Professional Conduct

To embrace and actively support the timeless ethics and values associated with the medical community, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was developed and ratified by students in 2000.

Matters of professional conduct are handled by the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC). The PCC consists of three student representatives from each class and three faculty members. Abiding to the Code is a condition of matriculation at this school.

The PCC’s primary goals are to:

  1. Help Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences students develop professional ethics; and
  2. Encourage honesty and integrity in themselves, their peers, and the discipline of medicine.

The PCC serves as a resource for education on professional conduct and fact-finding for alleged breaches of professional conduct. In the case of code violations, the PCC provides resources and guidelines for both students who have encountered potential misconduct and for those charged. The committee favors resolutions that promote professional development over punitive measures.

All Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences students should become familiar with the Code, as it provides a reminder to all of us that we have entered a profession in which we have the power to affect the lives of many — a power that must be treasured, respected, and never abused.