Posted: August 7, 2015

Penn State Hershey GME Grievance and Due Process Policy


The ACGME requires that Penn State Hershey, as a Sponsoring Institution, have a written policy to address grievance and due process for the GME programs and residents. This provides a policy that meets the ACGME requirements and may be of help for new institutions or institutions updating their current policies.

This Grievance and Due Process Policy shall be utilized for academic or other disciplinary actions that could result in suspension, dismissal, non-renewal of contract, non-promotion to the next level of training or other action that could significantly affect a resident's intended career development (the "Grievance Review Process"). This policy also sets forth the manner in which resident complaints related to the clinical learning environment, the program or faculty will be addressed. Any Resident or Fellow serving in an ACGME accredited program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center ("PSHMC") may seek resolution of grievances under this Grievance and Due Process Policy.

*This policy has been reviewed by the GRA Resource Clearinghouse Policy Subcommittee. The policy adequately addresses Grievance by including the following objectives: Timeline of process, Roles of PD, DIO and Resident, and the Appeals Process. It has a nice discussion at the end on how residents should address concerns that are not a part of the Grievance and Due Process.


GME, Graduate Medical Education, Grievance, Dismissal, Non-Renewal, Non-Promotion, Due Process, Suspension


Beth K. Herman, MPA, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine