• Student Challenges His Medical School's Decisions
  • September 6, 2013
  • Law Firm: Pullman Comley LLC - Bridgeport Office
  • A recent Connecticut Appellate Court decision highlights how difficult it is for medical students to challenge the academic decisions of their medical schools.

    Darrell Morris was a student at the Yale School of Medicine and knew, from the requirements of the student handbook he was furnished, that all students were expected to pass “Step One” of the United States Medical Licensing Examination within six years of admission to the medical school.  The handbook indicated that students had three opportunities to pass the exam.

    Three years after his admission, Mr. Morris took and failed the exam twice.  He was dismissed from the medical school without the opportunity to make a third attempt.  After filing an internal appeal of his dismissal, he was readmitted but again dismissed when he failed to take the exam again.  Mr. Morris passed the exam on his third attempt in March 2005 but was denied readmission.

    The school’s position was that after it sustained its appeal, it had agreed to readmit him only on the express condition that he pass the exam prior to June 30, 2004; essentially he was readmitted on probation.

    The medical school’s motion to dismiss the case prior to trial was granted by the trial court and was sustained by the Appellate Court.

    Morris v. Yale University, Docket No. AC34671, April 21, 2013.