It’s everyone’s worst nightmare – facing criminal charges. Whether a
DUI was a result of a night out on the town, or driving under the influence of
heavy pain medications, a DUI conviction could be a factor that a medical school admission committee
uses when making a decision.
Medical schools across the United States have struggled over how to handle
criminal convictions during the admissions process. Though most applicants
don’t have convictions for serious felony charges, many still worry
when they have a conviction for a DUI, a drug-related offense, or a sex offense.
Worry over criminal backgrounds is only natural considering that medical
school applicants plan to eventually enter into doctor-patient relationships
and a profession that frowns on questionable moral conduct.
Most medical schools ask applicants to disclose any prior convictions.
While some schools only ask about felonies others want to know about anything
from a speeding ticket, to a violent felony conviction.
How does a criminal record affect an applicant’s review?
There are two ways that a criminal record affects an applicant’s
review during the admissions process: 1) convictions, and 2) the nature
of the crime. If a criminal charge gets dismissed, this is very different
from a no contest plea or a conviction.
Generally, committees are hesitant to admit a student who may have difficulty
getting credentials or state licenses in the future. Thus, they look for
convictions that involve crimes that could raise doubts over a student’s
ability to eventually practice medicine.
While drug offenses and sexually violent crimes will certainly raise red
flags to admissions officers, even a DUI can be problematic depending
on the circumstances.
Importance of Disclosing a DUI
If an applicant fails to disclose their DUI, it can lead to the rescinding
of an acceptance. Or, if the DUI is discovered later on, the student can
be dismissed from the medical school. Withholding a DUI conviction is
viewed by schools as a blatant dishonesty.
Applying for medical school is already hard enough, doing so with a DUI
on your record makes it even harder. The best way to deal with this issue
is to avoid a DUI conviction to begin with.
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