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Mistreatment and Unprofessional Conduct

The Faculty of Medicine of McGill University is committed to promoting and maintaining the highest standards of behaviour in all of its members in order to provide a healthy and safe learning environment and to better serve society. This document is designed to clearly outline acceptable conduct and standards of Professionalism that is expected of all members of the Faculty of Medicine:

Code of Conduct -  English Version
Code of Conduct -  French Version

Learner Complaint Flowchart

Violations of the code of conduct by the student are dealt with first by the Associate Dean, Medical Education and Student Affairs, and ultimately by the Committee on Student Promotions and Curricular Outcomes (CSPCO). It is important to note that since medicine is a profession, our standards may be more rigorous than those for some other programs at McGill.

Violations of the code of conduct by a teacher should be brought to the attention of

  • the Assistant Dean, Office of Student Affairs (514-398-5557) OR
  • the Associate Dean, Medical Education and Student Affairs OR
  • the University ombudsperson (514-398-7059)

All complaints are treated confidentially. Initial complaints can be both anonymous or not; all efforts are made to respect learners’ choices regarding anonymity and action taken.

Definition of Mistreatment:

The American Association of Medical Colleges defines medical student mistreatment as public belittlement; threats of or actual physical punishment; requirements to perform personal services, such as shopping; sexual harassment; and discrimination or offensive remarks based on gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Categories of mistreatment:

  • General Mistreatment
    • Physical harm/punishment; personal service(s); belittlement/humiliation
  • Sexual Mistreatment
    • Denied opportunities based on gender; request for sexual favors in exchange for grades; unwanted sexual advances; offensive sexist remarks; lower grades/evaluations based on gender
  • Racial/Ethnic Mistreatment
    • Denied opportunities based on race/ethnicity; offensive remarks/names; lower grades/evaluations based on race
  • Sexual Orientation Mistreatment
    • Denied opportunities based on sexual orientation; offensive remarks/names; lower grades/evaluations

The frequency of harassment/abuse/mistreatment incidents will be monitored and an annual report submitted to the Dean. In this process, confidentiality will be maintained. This report may result in further enquiries and/or professional development initiatives.

Note: Under Quebec law, complaints regarding hospital medical staff, residents and students may also be directed to the medical examiner for the institution where the violation took place.

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