Charge of the Medical Student Life Advisory Committee

The Medical Student Life Advisory Committee will act as an advisory resource for Dr. Princy Kumar, Senior Associate Dean of Students, and will focus on aspects of Medical Education which impact Student Life, including, but not limited to, cultural, safety, and environmental issues and concerns. Staff members of the committee will include the School of Medicine Ombudsperson, and Cameron Jones, Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

The term of service for all other Committee members will be two years in length; each member will be expected to participate in four meetings quarterly. The Committee may opt to meet more frequently should the need arise. Elections for additional committee members will occur on an annual basis in October.

The Committee has been conceived in order to discuss medical students’ concerns without any influence in students’ evaluation or grade, within a confidential environment and to answer the needs of the student population. The committee will represent and advocate for medical students and their well-being. Simply, the committee goal is to continue working to improve Georgetown University School of Medicine’s diverse culture and life together. Students will be encouraged to bring issues to the Committee which impact their personal and career life decisions, well-being and academic environment. Issues appropriate for the Medical Student Life Advisory Committee include, but are not limited to the following: interpersonal conflicts or misunderstanding; uncertainty regarding career decisions; questions regarding professionalism; discussion about the possible need of referral for medical care, psychological therapy, drug/alcohol dependency treatment, concerns about having to appear before the Committee on Students, family or social issues, tutoring, study skills, harassment, financial problems, and legal advice.

The committee offers freedom for confidential discussions. Students will have the opportunity to submit concerns via surveys in a password-protected and anonymous site (under the caveat that the Committee has a responsibility to report any situation which may need to be disclosed where the case may do harm to others - for example: abuse, gender and racial discrimination, sexual harassment or personal safety of the student/others). The Committee will work with the Dean for Medical Education and the Senior Associate Dean for Students in developing the advising program, involved in programmatic development pertaining to student work-life balance, and will work with students as well as with the Associate Dean for Curriculum to develop a “Transition to Clerkship Retreat” and “Peer Mentoring Sessions”.

The Medical Student Life Advisory Committee will allow medical students to report violations of the standards of conduct in the teacher-learner relationship (Appendix D of the Student Handbook, Teacher-Learner Relationship and Student Mistreatment) without retaliations. The hope of the Committee is that by advocating for the students that the University will in turn take appropriate action to address those concerns. The Committee will provide an informal, impartial, neutral and confidential environment for students to discuss their concerns and disputes. The procedures will specify the mechanisms for the prompt handling of such complaints, and for the educational methods aimed at preventing student mistreatment. Read more: How to Report an Incident of Bias, Harassment, or Mistreatment.

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Committee Members