Appropriate Treatment in Medicine (ATM) Initiative

Overview
To comply with mandates of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has considered how best to assure that the environment for learning is the best it can be for medical students and to assure that medical students have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is maximally supportive, collegial, non-threatening, and in every way conducive to academic pursuits. To help achieve this goal and to facilitate proper interactions between students, faculty, residents, and others, the BUSM established the Appropriate Treatment in Medicine (ATM) Committee which held its first meeting on March 24, 1999.

Although the ATM Committee meets periodically to discuss, deliberate, and monitor activities related to the appropriate treatment of medical students including matters brought to the attention of the Committee via website access, the Committee does not initiate a formal investigation of any specific matter involving the treatment of a student unless the identity of both the student lodging the grievance and the faculty member or other individual involved has been disclosed.

Examples of mistreatment include but are not limited to:

  • Insults or unjustifiably harsh language in speaking to or about a person
  • Public belittling or humiliation
  • Intentional neglect, exclusion, or lack of communication
  • Harmful, injurious or offensive conduct and verbal attacks that create a hostile environment
  • Requiring performance of personal services (i.e., shopping, baby sitting, etc.)

Other mistreatment behaviors such as sexual harassment and discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, sex, age, disability and sexual orientation ordinarily should be dealt with by already existing BU policy.

*alternative ways to submit a complaint or comment can be found in the ATM policy under “Methods of Reporting Concerns or Complaints of Inappropriate Behavior”.

Office of the Ombuds

Another problem-solving resource available to students is the Office of the Ombuds.

The Office of the Ombuds is an independent, impartial, informal problem-solving resource serving faculty, staff, and students on the Charles River and Medical Campus. The Office maintains strict confidentiality, and provides a safe place for you to have off-the-record conversations on issues related to life, work, or study at Boston University. Talking to the Ombuds can be a good first step if you have a concern and you don’t know where to turn for help.

The Charles River office is located at 930 Commonwealth Avenue. Phone (617) 358-5960.

The Medical Campus office is located in the 85 East Newton Street, Suite 818. Phone (617) 638-7645.

Please visit their website for additional details.

To report an incident, please click here

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