Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing

Emory medical students undergo Criminal Background Checks (CBCs) before matriculation as facilitated by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Acceptance to Emory School of Medicine is contingent upon the authorization of the CBC, as well as the release of its findings to Emory.

Additionally, all incoming medical students will be required to submit to a drug screening, as facilitated by a contracted vendor. The Admissions Committee will review any findings to determine what, if any, action is required. Students may also be required to undergo additional CBCs and drug screening as required by clinical rotation sites, or if required to do so as an evaluation initiated to evaluate their fitness to participate in their medical education.

All positive and multiple negative-dilute drug screenings and previously unreported findings from the CBCs will be reported to the Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs, and then referred to a faculty committee for further consideration. After review of the results of the CBC and/or drug screening, the committee may seek additional information from the student, in writing or via interview. In the case of multiple negative-dilute drug screenings, the committee may require the student to submit to a blood-based drug screening.

Given the reports and the follow-up information provided, the committee will provide the Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs with one of the following recommendations:

  1. Revocation of the acceptance to Emory University School of Medicine (for students who have been accepted but not yet enrolled)
  2. Referral to a conduct committee for further consideration (for enrolled students)
  3. No further action to be taken (for both enrolled and accepted but not yet enrolled students)

The Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs will consider the report of the faculty committee and relay his decision to the student in writing. Based on the nature of the findings of the CBC report or drug screening, the Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs reserves the right to immediately suspend a student, pending further investigation. The student may appeal the decision of the Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs to the Dean of the School of Medicine in writing.

Last modified: 7/21/2017