FORWARD This handbook has been compiled in a continuing effort to provide useful information about the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. It has been published, not only to provide a moderately comprehensive introduction to the Medical School for the freshmen, but also to outline upperclass curricula, and varying information of interest to members of all classes. The material contained within the handbook is as current as possible. However, many areas are constantly changing and materials may become outdated or inaccurate within a year. Any questions or suggestions concerning Handbook information should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs in S532 Scaife Hall. 

  The provisions of this handbook are not an irrevocable contract between the student and the University. The University reserves the right to change any provisions or requirements at any time within the student's term of residence.  



The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University's mission. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities*. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

For information on University equal opportunity and affirmative action programs and complaint/grievance procedures, please contact: The Office of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion, Carol W. Mohamed, Director (and Title IX, 504 and ADA Coordinator),412 Bellefield Hall, 315 S. Bellefield Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260; 412-648-7860.

*Except where exempt by federal or state laws. Note: ROTC programs discriminate against students on the basis of sexual orientation and therefore are not in compliance with the University's nondiscrimination policy.

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("The Buckley Amendment")

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act , requires educational agencies or institutions to provide parents of students and eligible students access to the education records of such students with certain limitations.

Students must be notified on an annual basis of their rights under the Act. The student has a right to know what types of information are maintained in the record, how access can be gained, and what criteria is used for disclosure of the record to other persons. The institution must provide access to official educational records directly related to the students and give students an opportunity to challenge such records on the basis of accuracy. The institution is prohibited from permitting access to educational records or personally identifiable information other than directory information about the students without their written consent except to specific persons and agencies (as indicated in University Policy 09-08-01). The institution must keep a record of all persons or agencies to whom personal information is supplied.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will publish a directory yearly which includes the name and picture, as well as the local telephone, email address, pager (if applicable), undergraduate institution and degree of each student. For historical purposes, the hometown is also noted. This will include currently registered students as well as those students on a leave of absence expected to return in the future. Students may exclude their  information from this publication by written request to the Office of Student Affairs. Further guidance about directory information is found in University Policy 09-08.01.

Notification of rights guaranteed under PL 93-380 and procedures pertaining thereto is provided all students by means of this publication in the Student Handbook.  University Policy 09-08-01 is on file in the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Medicine of the University website.

MAKEUP OF  STUDENT FILE: Upon matriculation, a portion of the admission file is transmitted to the Office of Student Affairs to become the educational record. This record consists of: 1) AMCAS application; 2) undergraduate transcripts; 3) correspondence related to undergraduate education; 4) AAMC status report. All admission related material (interview reports, letters of recommendation) are purged. Documents to be added to this record during the course of your education are: 1) student health record; 2) USMLE scores; 3) correspondence related to academic status; 4) course evaluations; 5) Medical School academic record; 6) Dean's letter of evaluation; 7) Information related to professional behavior or integrity issues. All records are archived one year post graduation.

ACCESS: The student may peruse the educational record at any time by verbal or written request of the records custodian. Student educational records are maintained by the School of Medicine to enable staff and faculty to effect appropriate action in performance of tasks required in serving students. Access to student educational records is required by authorized individuals for legitimate educational purposes. Release of information from, or access to, student educational records by third parties will be permitted only with the written consent of an eligible student. A log reflecting records disclosure will be kept as required.

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Oath recited by graduating class during Diploma Day Ceremony.   

At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession
I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity.

I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due;

I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;

The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
I will respect the secrets which are confided in me;

I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble
traditions of the medical profession;
My colleagues will be my brothers and sisters;

I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, gender
 politics, socioeconomic standing or sexual orientation
to intervene between my duty and my patient;

I will maintain the utmost respect for human life, even under threat,
I will
not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.
I make those promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor

Adopted by the World Medical Association in 1948 as a replacement for the traditional Hippocratic Oath; with student modifications in 1971 and 1993.


The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.


Approved by the Executive Committee 10/12/10




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