Concerns/Mistreatment

**In an emergency, call 911 or seek assistance from security or police.**

What Constitutes 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, sexual harassment; and discrimination or offensive remarks based on gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Categories of mistreatment:

General MistreatmentSexual Mistreatment
  • Physical harm/punishment
  • Personal service(s)
  • Belittlement/humiliation
  • 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 MistreatmentSexual Orientation Mistreatment
  • Denied opportunities based on race/ethnicity
  • Offensive remarks/names
  • Lower grades/evaluations based on race
  • Denied opportunities based on sexual orientation
  • Offensive remarks/names
  • Lower grades/evaluations based on sexual orientation

Reporting Mistreatment/Unprofessional Behavior

If you have experienced or witnessed mistreatment, we encourage you to report it using one of the following three methods:

  1. Contact Dr. Nathalie Feldman (Director of the Learning Environment) directly
  2. Contact Dr. Christa Zehle (Associate Dean of Students) directly
  3. Contact Dr. Lee Rosen (Director of Student Support Services) directly 
  4. Fill out a confidential web based mistreatment/unprofessional behavior reporting form...

Confidential Web Based Mistreatment/Unprofessional Behavior Reporting Form

The purpose of this web form is to provide a confidential, on line reporting mechanism for learners to identify any mistreatment or unprofessional behavior they have experienced or witnessed within any of the learning environments within the COM (including all affiliate clinical sites). It is for reporting, follow-up and tracking purposes, NOT FOR EMERGENCIES.

We understand that many learners have fears around reporting. As such, it is important for you to know that all reports are kept strictly confidential, unless disclosure is required by law or university policy.

What happens after I submit this form?

All forms will be reviewed within 10 working days, and will be triaged, de-identified and tabulated by the Director of the Learning Environment. For greater detail on how concerns are addressed and to view a description of our reporting algorithm, see the UVMLCOM Positive Learning Environment & Mistreatment Prevention Policy.

Submit a Confidential Web-Based Mistreatment/Unprofessional Behavior Reporting Form...