Doctor of Medicine Student Handbook

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The School of Medicine MD Student Handbook is a reference for medical students and others regarding the administrative policies, rules and regulations of Emory University and the Emory University School of Medicine. In addition, this Student Handbook contains procedural policies for areas such as admissions, academic and professional standards, progress and promotion, financial aid, student organizations, disability insurance, academic and personal counseling, and student health.

It is the responsibility of each student enrolled in the Emory University School of Medicine to understand and abide by the regulations and policies within this handbook and within Emory University Publications.

Emory University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master, education specialist, doctorate and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Emory.

The Emory University School of Medicine MD Program is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Current accreditation standards and additional information is available at

PART I: Professional Conduct

SECTION 1: Expectations

Standards of Dress and Appearance

Use of Social Media

SECTION 2: Emory University School of Medicine Conduct Code

Basic Expectations/Inherent Authority

Conduct Procedures

Student Conduct Hearing Boards

PART II: Policies

SECTION 1: Emory University Policies

Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment

Information Technology Conditions of Use

Smart Device Security

Student Organization Recognition, Advising, Activity Fee, and Website

Respect for Open Expression

Sexual Misconduct

Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Student Vehicle Use Policy

Student Complaints

Travel Policies

SECTION 2: School of Medicine Policies

Clinical Placement Reassignment and Schedule Changes

Consensual Teacher - Student Relationships

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing

Entering Medical Student Health and Immunization Requirements

Industry Relations

Involuntary Withdrawal and Readmission

Maintaining Academic Eligibility for Financial Aid

Mandatory Health Insurance

Personal Recordings

Research Studies Involving School of Medicine Students as Subjects

Separation of Roles

Student Agreements, Consents, and Releases

Student Mistreatment

Reporting Mistreatment
Prohibition of Retaliation

PART III: Medical Education and Student Affairs Administrative Units

SECTION 1: Executive Associate Dean

SECTION 2: OMESA (Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs)

OMESA Administration Deans

Medical Education

Emory Center for Experiential Learning (ExCEL)

Student Affairs and Enrollment Services

Clinical Education


Financial Aid

Costs of the MD program
Applying for Financial Aid
Types of Financial Aid
Tuition Refunds
Resources/Helpful Links


Registration, Cancellation, and Withdrawal
Student Records
Requesting Certified University Transcripts

Multicultural Medical Student Affairs

PART IV: Student Resources

SECTION 1: Office of Accessibility Services (OAS)

SECTION 2: Emory Cares 4 U

SECTION 3: Infection Control Protocols

SECTION 4: Parking and Transportation

SECTION 5: Safety and Security

SECTION 6: School of Medicine Information Technology Services (SOMITS)

SECTION 7: Student Health

SECTION 8: Student Insurance

SECTION 9: Student Life

SECTION 10: Student Portal

SECTION 11: Use of School of Medicine Building

SECTION 12: Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library

PART V: Academic Integrity, Regulations, Procedures and Requirements

SECTION 1: Academic Integrity

Emory University School of Medicine Honor Code

The Medical Student Council on Honor

Student Representatives

Faculty Representatives

Leadership of the Honor Council - The Spring Elections

Procedures for Reporting Violations and Investigating Violations

The Hearing

Decisions and Penalties

Decision of the Dean of the School of Medicine

Amendments to the Honor Code

SECTION 2: Attendance

SECTION 3: Absences

SECTION 4: Leaves/Interruption of Medical Education

SECTION 5: Student Assessment and Grading

SECTION 6: National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Subject and United States Medical Licensing (USMLE) Examinations

SECTION 7: Grade Appeals

SECTION 8: Remediation

SECTION 9: Use of Student Feedback

SECTION 10: Graduation Requirements for the MD Degree

SECTION 11: Progress and Promotions

Promotional Guidelines and the Progress and Promotions Committee

Foundations Phase

Application, Discovery, and Translation phases

SECTION 12: The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

SECTION 13: Honors

PART VI: Student Resources Specific to the M.D. Program

SECTION 1: Academic Assistance

SECTION 2: Career Advising

SECTION 3: Society System

SECTION 4: Supplies