Criminal Background Checks on Medical Students: The Texas Medical Association recognizes that the use of criminal background checks on medical students is standard practice among many medical schools, teaching hospitals, and community-based training sites. The Texas Medical Association applauds the cautious and thoughtful manner used by Texas medical educational institutions in establishing policies on this issue to date. When checks are conducted on medical students, it is recommended that strong consideration be given to: ongoing necessity for checks, prevention of duplication, collaboration, and consistency across educational and healthcare institutions, related financial burden on students, and consistent guidelines for the interpretation and storage of sensitive information, with confidentiality protections for students (CME Rep. 3-A-07; amended CME Rep. 7-A-17).
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May 25, 2017