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Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
KYCOM students are expected to conduct themselves professionally and ethically. All members of the KYCOM community are obligated to maintain the highest standards of integrity with regard to personal and professional conduct. Additional information regarding professionalism can be found in the KYCOM Student Handbook.
Professionalism standards at KYCOM are upheld by the Student Ethics Council, Graduate and Health Professions Student Affairs office and the Promotion and Matriculation Committee.
Civility is a core component of professionalism. KYCOM prioritizes civility to promote the pursuit of shared ideas, effective communication, inclusivity, social responsibly and community engagement. This includes engaging appropriate interpersonal communication, authentic leadership and empowerment. Incivility has a negative impact on the well-being of others and interferes with the educational environment.
All KYCOM students are expected to dress professionally at all times and be attentive to personal hygiene. Professional attire includes the following:
All KYCOM students are expected to arrive at lectures, practicals and other scheduled activities on time. Excused absences must be requested in advance using the Excused Absence Form. If you experience an emergency, please contact the Graduate and Health Professions Student Affairs office at email@example.com or (606) 218-5400.
KYCOM students are expected to adhere to standards of professionalism and abide by applicable laws, policies, and rules that govern privacy (e.g., HIPPA). No video documentation of clinical and/or educational events is permitted without prior consent. Activity on social media is subject to the UPIKE Code of Conduct.
Abusive or insensitive language in an email is an inappropriate use of computing resources. Use of electronic means to send harassing, obscene, profane, intimidating or unlawful messages is prohibited. It is the student’s responsibility to check, read and respond to official communication from UPIKE and KYCOM.
The KYCOM Student Ethics Council oversees and facilitates student adherence to professional conduct principles. Terms are for one year except for the At-Large First-Year Student position, which is a two-year term. The Student Ethics Council consists of the following positions:
The KYCOM P&M Committee is comprised of administrators, faculty and staff. The committee serves under the auspices of the KYCOM Faculty Congress and the Student Conduct Process. Members of this committee will promote the ethical and professional development of KYCOM students. A faculty member serves as chair. The committee shall consist of nine members voting, including:
Non-voting members may occasionally be requested to attend P&M Committee meetings to provide specific input on a student’s progress towards graduation. The need for a non-voting committee member to attend P&M Committee meetings is determined on a case-by-case basis.