Contact Information

Medical and Clinical Psychology

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Tricia Crum
Phone: (301) 295-9669
FAX: (301) 295-3034

MPS Guidelines for Faculty, Student, and Staff Interactions to Enhance the Educational Environment

The graduate educational process requires a free and non-threatening environment that is conducive to free inquiry and learning. An atmosphere of tolerance, openness, and mutual respect between students, faculty, and staff is essential in creating an optimal academic environment. MPS faculty, students, and staff highly value this atmosphere and deserve and have every right to expect it. Therefore, our Department is constantly striving to create and foster conditions that promote this kind of positive atmosphere. Consistent with University guidelines for treatment of medical students, a set of guidelines for faculty, student, and staff interactions in our Department serves the purpose of furthering our commitment to maintaining an open learning environment.

The educational experience brings students into contact with hundreds of professional and technical personnel whose roles and authority influence student training, affect the educational environment and its processes, and contribute to one's sense of professional/personal image. Exposure to such a wide variety of personnel enhances the educational process. University faculty members vary in their training philosophies, and these differences can enrich the educational experience.

Occasionally, some faculty, staff, or students undermine the educational program through behavior patterns that are clearly perceived as hurtful, out of bounds, or sometimes even abusive. Examples of such mistreatment include hurtful, insulting, or humiliating verbal comments, actual or implied punitive assessment, inappropriate communication of negative comments about students or faculty to other students, hurtful gossip, and any form of sexual harassment or discrimination.

Students and staff are particularly vulnerable in these situations because their authority is limited, and they may fear retaliation or consequences from those they accuse and those to whom they may appeal. It is the official policy of the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology that inappropriate or abusive behavior towards students by faculty, staff, or other students will not be tolerated and will be addressed accordingly. The Department adheres to the Standards of Conduct delineated in the USU School of Medicine Graduate Program Handbook (2013).

The MPS Handbook 2013-2014 is designed to provide the program requirements for students entering the program in the Fall 2013. Programmatic changes that may be implemented later will not affect these program requirements. Further program information can be obtained from the Department's website. In addition, matriculated students also have access to an internal website that provides more detailed information regarding such things as practicum placement opportunities and semester course schedules.