The medical student ombudsperson serves as a neutral, independent and confidential resource for students, providing a safe forum to voice concerns, evaluate a situation, express feelings, discuss options and promote resolution of issues or conflicts.

The ombudsperson is independent of existing University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health administrative and academic structures and supplements existing resources available for students.

The medical student ombudsperson treats all matters confidentially within the bounds of the law. The goal is to offer medical students another venue through which to discuss concerns should the student wish to do this confidentially outside the resources provided through the medical school.

Whenever a student perceives that a concern cannot be fairly, safely or equitably addressed through the dean for students, any member of the Office of Student Services, any member of Student Academic Success Services (SASS), Academic and Career Advising Program (ACAP) mentors, course directors or clerkship directors, then the student may contact the medical student ombudsperson.