Section I: Introduction and Overview

The policies in this handbook represent an evolution of the practices and emerging traditions of the medical school since its origin as a Master of Medical Science Program in 1963. They continue to evolve along with the medical education curriculum. Our intention is that they reflect our commitment to excellence and professionalism that we strive for throughout our medical education program.

No educational institution can effectively function without rules that govern its conduct and operation. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has promulgated policies, procedures, and guidelines related to student affairs that are designed to ensure that all members of our academic community know what is expected and are treated fairly. This manual incorporates into one volume those policies, procedures, and guidelines that most directly pertain to students.

Policies, no matter how carefully crafted, cannot fully anticipate all situations. The medical school prides itself on its flexibility and responsiveness to individual needs. Policies must often be interpreted in light of unique circumstances where the spirit of the law outweighs the letter of the law. If a student believes that individual circumstances justify a different action than that indicated by a certain policy, he or she should discuss this with the appropriate administrator.

If any confusion exists concerning any of these policies, questions should be directed to Alexandra Morang or Emily Green for student affairs or to Linda Gillette for Financial Aid. If there is still an unresolved issue or concern, this should be referred to Allan Tunkel, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Medical Education. Email communications are welcome. In situations requiring confidentiality, students should meet with the appropriate individual.

Brown University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, handicap, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other administered programs.