Anyone who has experienced or witnessed mistreatment is strongly encouraged to report it using the IU School of Medicine Mistreatment Incident Report Form. The form can be found using the following link: https://go.iu.edu/3YWX. Or you can Google search: IUSM Mistreatment.
IUSM abides by the AAMC definition which states that "mistreatment either intentional or unintentional occurs when behavior shows disrespect for the dignity of others and unreasonably interferes with the learning process. Examples of mistreatment include sexual harassment; discrimination or harassment based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation; humiliation; psychological or physical punishment; and the use of grading and other forms of assessment in a punitive manner.”
Any IUSM students, staff, or faculty who have experienced or witnessed mistreatment are able and encouraged to submit mistreatment reports. A friend or colleague can also submit a mistreatment report on behalf of the impacted individual.
No. In fact the system was set up for students to report mistreatment by faculty and/or staff. Any IUSM learner (student, resident, fellow, or graduate student) can report mistreatment involving faculty, deans, administrators, staff, fellows, residents, medical students, or patients.
Yes. Once a mistreatment report is submitted, it is reviewed by the appropriate institutional authorities. Depending on the nature of the report and preference of the learner, the situation might be handled at a later time to further protect the reporter's identity and avoid further disruptions to the learning environment.
Yes. The impacted individual can choose not to include their name on the report. However, it may be beneficial to include name and contact information for a member of the mistreatment response team to gather further information regarding the incident in order to address it appropriately as well as to offer support to the person reporting the incident.
Although the primary and preferred method for reporting mistreatment is via the IU School of Medicine Mistreatment Incident Report Form, other options for raising concerns exist. Students can add comments on course or clerkship evaluations, contact the IUSM Ombuds Office, contact the IUPUI Office of Equal Opportunity, or consult with a Lead Advisor. The Mistreatment system maintains records of all prior reports/ incidents, so submitting a report allows the school to know if repeated offenses are happening and then more serious action can be taken.
A student who is dishonest and/or malicious in making an allegation of mistreatment will be referred to the Student Promotions Committee and may be subject to disciplinary action. Similarly, if a resident is dishonest and/or malicious in making an allegation of mistreatment, he/she may face disciplinary action per GME policy and procedures.
Relevant IU School of Medicine policies include the Teacher-Learner Conduct Policy, Honor Code, and the Graduate Medical Education Policy on Unprofessional or Abusive Behavior and Sexual Harassment.